Effects of extreme weather over the weekend: homes and farmland flooded, persons evacuated

“The Danube’s discharge level will climb, the high water will remain for 4-5 weeks, there are risks in what concerns dam resistance,” Deputy Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea stated.

Ten localities were affected by floods in recent days in Arges County, the water flooding homes and courtyards, without damaging roads or the electric power grid, Mediafax informs. According to the data offered by the Arges County Prefecture, the following localities were affected on the night of Friday to Saturday: Curtea de Arges, Sapata, Albota, Luca Corbului, Barla, Draganu, Bradu, Stolnici, Harsesti and Vedea.

The biggest problems were registered in Albota commune, where a hundred courtyards and two homes were flooded. Fifty households were flooded in Urluieni village, Barla commune, and one house and ten household annexes were flooded in Lunca Corbului.
The heavy rains registered in the last 48 hours created problems for the people of Husi too, approximately 50 homes and households being flooded there. According to the city hall’s assessment, three homes were destroyed by flood waters which surpassed one meter. Seven persons, including two 80-year-old persons, were evacuated from the three homes. The elderly people were rescued at the last minute by two auto service employees that went in through the rooftop because the water inside was almost up to the ceiling.
Eighteen localities were affected by the floods and landslides registered in Buzau County in recent days, over 20 nuns being evacuated from the Ratesti Monastery after cracks appeared in the walls of the church and of seven monastery cells. The monastery, home to over 40 nuns, is located approximately 30 kilometers from Buzau and is an important tourist attraction. Likewise, dozens of wells were filled with silt, particularly in Viperesti and Cislau localities, the Buzau County Public Health Directorate telling people not to drink water from them.
Bucharest was not spared from problems either. Several underground passageways were flooded in Pantelimon, and trees were uprooted, damaging cars. Thus, a tree fell on top of two cars parked on Ilfov Street in District 5 on Friday. Fortunately nobody was injured in the incident.
Code Orange Danube flood advisory in place till May 26
Although the rains have dropped in intensity, in some regions stopping altogether, hydrologists claim that the danger has not passed yet. Moreover, the National Hydrology and Water Management Institute (INHGA) on Saturday issued a Code Orange advisory for high discharge and river levels for the section of the Danube downstream of the Hydro-Power and Navigation System (SHEN) Portile de Fier (Iron Gates) – Zimnicea (downstream of Gruia embanked sector), through the Mehedinti, Dolj, Olt, Teleorman counties. The advisory is effective as of May 17, 10 a.m. until May 26. The experts expect rises in discharge and river levels to exceed the defence levels. In addition, a Code Yellow warning was instituted for the Danube section downstream of Zimnicea sector (in Teleorman, Giurgiu, Calarasi, Braila, Ialomita, Constanta, Galati and Tulcea counties), starting from 6 a.m on May 18.
“The significantly heavy torrential rains that were registered in recent days in the river basins of Serbia and Bosnia have generated exceptional floods that in many river basins reached or even surpassed the historic highs, a state of alert being instituted at national level in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina as a result,” the INHGA points out. Moreover, Public Administration Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea stated that the Danube’s discharge will reach a high of 13,500 cubic meters per second on May 22, and the high water will stay for 4-5 weeks in Romania, the risk being not that the dams will be surpassed but that their resistance will be affected.

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