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May 19, 2022

Rainfalls to continue: New weather warning for 12 counties

Hydrologists issued a new watch alert for several rivers.

Meteorologists issued yesterday at 5 PM a weather warning for rainfalls for 12 eastern and south-eastern counties. The warning will expire today at noon. The quantity of rainfall will surpass 50 liters per square meter in Braila, Buzau, Prahova, Ialomita, Calarasi, Constanta, Tulcea, Galati, Vrancea, Vaslui, Bacau and Neamt counties, the National Meteorological Agency (ANM) informs. Another 14 counties and Bucharest received a watch alert for rainfalls. In the other regions this phenomena will be seen over smaller areas and will have a smaller intensity. Meteorologists forecast rainfalls in Wallachia, Dobrogea, Moldavia and along the Eastern Carpathians for today, issuing a watch alert for 24 counties and Bucharest. The watch alert came into force on Sunday night and will expire this afternoon. At the same time, the National Hydrology and Water Management Institute issued a watch alert for several rivers that will surpass warning levels. Agriculture Minister Daniel Constantin stated yesterday that 5,000 hectares were affected by extensive rainfalls in the Vaslui, Vrancea, Tulcea, Caras-Severin and Mehedinti counties. Meanwhile, the ravages caused by abundant rainfalls continue: approximately 2,800 people were left stranded in the Muereasca commune, Valcea County, after the commune’s temporary bridge was washed away by a powerful flashflood that took place after torrential rains were registered in the area in the last 24 hours. The commune had a temporary bridge because its main bridge was undergoing modernization. In Gorj County the rain affected the people of Tantareni commune: over 40 houses and households were flooded yesterday morning, firefighters working to pump the water out. Twenty households were flooded in Fratosita locality, Dolj County. According to Dolj County Emergency Situations Inspectorate (ISU) spokesperson Florin Cocosila, several fire engines were working to pump the water out, Mediafax informs. According to Nicolae Stancioi, the mayor of Filiasi, the households and agricultural land were flooded by the Fratostita creek.

PM Ponta: The mayors should take care of the citizens

PM Victor Ponta requested the prefects, yesterday, within a videoconference of the National Committee for Emergency Situations, to talk to the mayors in order for them to put away for the moment the electoral campaign and instead to take care of the citizens, given the floods and the bad weather. At the same time, he requested the local authorities to adopt an “as much preventive as possible” attitude. “Let’s not wait for a calamity to happen and then run to fix the problems. Let’s prevent as much as possible, because it’s cheaper and better,” said the prime minister. Ponta also requested to be done all the best possible to avoid the lost of human lives, “no matter what the financial implications are”. Earlier in the morning, PM Ponta stated that rainfalls will unfortunately continue and that these weather phenomena are causing damages that will be covered from the government’s reserve fund.

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