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March 7, 2021

Barge with chemicals load sinks in the Danube

A barge carrying 964 tons of phosphates sunk yesterday in the Danube, at Harsova, when strong wind pushed its tugboat into a rock. Authorities immediately prohibited fishing in the affected area of the river, then the Constanta County Committee for Emergency Situations restricted ship traffic on the river until divers will find at what depth the barge has sunk. Environment inspectors took samples from the Danube, while DSP officials are constantly monitoring the drinking water provided to the localities that take their water from the Danube. ‘Teams of Apele Romane (water management company) took samples of water from the Danube, downstream of the sunk barge, and from the Single-Stream Danube at Vadu Oii. Additionally, we also issued warnings to localities downstream, in the counties of Braila, Galati and Constanta, and also to those of Moldova and Ukraine,” the National Water Administration announced.

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