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Devastating floods in Mehedinti county

By    Dana Purgaru
Several counties in the West of Romania were affected by floods. One person died and two of them were reported missing. Moreover, hundreds of households were devastated by the storm, by torrents of water and landslides. The deceased person was driving his car when an unexpected landslide took him by surprise at the exit of the city Orsova, on the shore of the Danube. The firefighters removed to man’s lifeless body from the car, about five hours after the accident, after the rescue teams finally managed to find the victim. The two missing persons, a man aged 54 and a woman of 70, are inhabitants of the Eselnita commune in Mehedinti County. The man was grabbed by a stream of water while in the company of his relatives, Mediafax reported. It seems the woman was also swallowed by the flood. Rescue teams are presently searching for both persons.
Internal Affairs Minister Gabriel Oprea announced that 67 pupils and 18 teachers in several schools in Orsova, the southwestern Mehedinti County, where the situation in the wake of floods is very serious, were evacuated and taken to safety outside the risk-prone areas with the help of the Border Police teams. Another operation conducted on Monday was aimed to rescue ten persons, three children among them, who had been left stranded by the floods in two guest-houses on the Danube River bank.
Mehedinti was the worst affected county, as, on Monday, rainfalls exceeded 100 litres per square metres, according to representatives of the National Institute of Hydrology and Water Management. (INHGA).
Hydrologists also extended their warnings of yellow and orange code for flood until Wednesday at 2:00 PM for several counties in South-West. According to INHGA, the counties Caras-Severin, Timis, Mehedinti and Dolj will be among the most affected.

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