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April 20, 2021

Gov’t to allot RON 20 M for embankment works in flood-hit counties

According to the deputy prime minister, the money from the reserve fund will be allotted in the upcoming days, and the works will be launched immediately, with 11 bridges and walkways to be fixed in the Cleanov village.

Deputy Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea said on Tuesday in Carpen, the county of Dolj, where he visited the flood-hit areas, that the Government would allot 20 million lei from the reserve fund to the Romanian Waters for flood embankment works to be carried out in Mehedinti and Dolj counties.
Dragnea said that these works would be carried out from Corcova, Pesteana, Balacita in the Mehedinti County to Carpen, the Cleanov village in Dolj County, by the Romanian Waters.
‘Our colleagues with the Romanian Waters established that works worth 20 million lei need to be conducted in this area. These works should have been done over the past few years, but for various reasons, such action was not taken. This situation is no longer possible, us providing people with funds for construction materials to repair their households and houses and after one or two years, to be once again hit by floods ruining everything,’ Dragnea said, quoted by Agerpres.
According to the deputy prime minister, ‘these bridges have been filled up and acted as a stopper when the houses were inundated by twigs and other stuff, and the water poured over the shore. “The mayor has made a lot of requests throughout the years. He submitted lists of projects for European programmes, but the former governments rejected them for political reasons,” Dragnea pointed out.
In the meantime, the effects of floods over the past days continue to persist. Thus, according to information released yesterday for many villages in the county, Arges County Police Inspectorate announced that the traffic was closed on certain roads after the infrastructure was affected by the weather. Among these there were DN 73 C in Piatra village, Ciofringeni commune, towards Ramnicu Valcea – Curtea de Arges, where, over 30 meters the road slipped, creating a 1.5 to 2 m level difference. This road is the main access way for about 25 families, who can now be hardly reached to. There was another road that eroded at the crossroad between DN 73 C and commune road Piatra – Dobresti, as the road had no asphalt, which renders a 60 m stretch impracticable. As of Monday night, the access to the bridge from ACH Zavoi colony in Pitesti is forbidden, after the swollen waters of Arges river broke part of the metal and concrete bridge that was crossing the river.
Besides, a man working as a security guard at an oil drill in Dambovita County remained isolated yesterday morning on the ground around the drill, between the waters of Arges River that went out of their bed, being rescued by the military troops of the Emergency Situations Inspectorate (ISU). The latest count of the Prefecture reveals that nine villages in Dambovita County are affected by the floods and land erosion occurring over the past 24 hours, with the risk that dozens of households in multiple villages might remain isolated.
Code Orange flood warning only for Teleorman County – southern Romania
On the other hand, the National Institute of Hydrology and Water Management (INHGA) extended the Code Orange flood warning issued for the Teleorman river (Teleorman County – southern Romania) until 15 hrs; the hydrologists also placed another seven counties under a Code Yellow flood warning, according to the advisory updated.

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