River sectors under Code Red flood alert have dike defences


The river sectors currently under Code Red flood alert until Saturday, 16:00 hrs, have dike defences, the ‘Romanian Waters’ National Administration (ANAR) informed Agerpres on Friday.

Hydrologists issued on Friday a Code Red flood advisory for the drainage basins of Barzava, Moravita and Caras, effective until Saturday afternoon.

According to the forecast, between August 1, 11:00 a.m. and August 2, 16:00 p.m., the rivers in the drainage basins: Barzava – middle and lower course, Moravita – lower course, Caras – lower course (counties of Caras Severin and Timis) will see a rise in flow rates and water levels past the defence elevations, as a result of the propagation of previously formed crests and important water flows on hill slopes, torrents and streams, flash floods on creeks, with possible local flooding effect.

At the same time, the Code Orange flood advisory for the rivers in the following drainage basins: upper basins of Barzava, Moravita and Caras (Caras Severin County), Desnatui (Mehedinti and Dolj counties), Lotru (Valcea County) and Neajlov downstream the Moara din Groapa (Giurgiu County) remains in force.

There is also a Code Yellow hydrological alert in force for the rivers in the basins: Bega Veche, Bega, the upper Timis and tributaries to the middle and lower course, Nera (Caras Severin and Timis counties), Drincea (Mehedinti County), Jiu on the sector downstream Filiasi and right-hand tributaries from the Gorj, Mehedinti and Dolj counties, Olt downstream the confluence with the Lotru (Olt and Valcea counties), the small tributaries of the Vedea river from Teleorman County.

There is also a small likelihood for important water flows to occur in spots on hill sides, torrents, creeks, with potential rapid flooding effects on some rivers in the counties of Caras Severin, Mehedinti, Gorj and Valcea, ANAR mentions.

The hydrological advisories were notified to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the General Inspectorate for Emergencies, the ‘Romanian Waters’ National Administration, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, SC Hidroelectrica SA, the Banat, Mures, Jiu, Olt, Arges-Vedea and Buzau-Ialomita Water Basin Administrations.

Depending on the evolution of hydro-meteorological phenomena, the advisories could be updated.


Flood toll: Three dead, one missing in Arges County

Three persons died in the floods, one went missing in Arges County, while two others who had been reported missing were discovered alive, according to an announcement made by chief commissioner Marius Tache, head of the Information and Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI).

As shown by data centralized so far, over 250 localities in 11 counties were affected by the flooding over July 27 – August 1, with over 7,000 firemen, policemen and gendarmes having struggled throughout the week to handle emergencies.

‘We evacuated 1,832 persons as a preventive measure and saved 773 from various critical situations. Out of the total of 1,832 persons, 788 are still waiting in the special spaces created by the authorities or staying with their relatives. A number of 251 localities in 11 counties – Dolj, Gorj. Mehedinti, Valcea, Olt, Arges, Teleorman, Dambovita, Caras-Severin, Prahova and Timis are affected by the floods, 99 homesteads were destroyed, 1,163 other damaged and 2,377 submerged. As many as 439 homes are still submerged up to this date, even after the withdrawal of the waters. There were 2,475 fountains clogged, 13 bridges and 60 foot-bridges destroyed and 23,346 hectares of arable land covered by waters,’ said the MAI official.

Road traffic was either blocked or partially halted on certain segments of 12 national roads and 37 county roads.