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Floods in northern Romania: We are summoning up all necessary resources, assure PM Ponta and Interior Minister

Prime Minister Victor Ponta said Wednesday at the Parliament Palace in Bucharest that Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea informed him about the measures taken to clean up after recent floods in northern Romania, assuring that the Government will summon up all the necessary resources for repairing and for containing damage to less than so far.

“As far as our utmost urgency is concerned right now, I spoke earlier with Interior Minister Oprea about the situation in northern Romania and he informed me about all the measures taken to clean up after the floods and step in with all that is available; he will further inform me at the Government’s meeting,” Ponta said after meeting Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Valeriu Zgonea and visiting chair of the National Assembly of Serbia Maja Gojkovic.

He also gave assurances that all measures will be taken to contain damage in the affected areas.

“I want to assure you that under the coordination of Mr Oprea, the Interior Ministry and the Emergency Department, we are summoning up all the necessary resources to repair what is in need of repairing and to contain the damage to less of what has happened so far,” said Ponta.

Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea has ordered prefects and heads of emergency bodies in the counties under code red or code yellow flood advisories to be at the scene in order to provide assistance to the population.

The Interior Ministry (MAI) reports in a press release that the National Hydrology and Water Management Institute on Wednesday morning issued code red flood advisories for the Maja River basin (the counties of Satu Mare and Salaj), the Salaj River basin (the counties of Salaj and Maramures) and the Barsa River basin (Maramures County), valid through 14:00hrs, EEST, and code orange advisories for the river basins in the counties of Maramures, Satu Mare, Cluj, Bihor, Bistrita Nasaud and Salaj, valid throughout 14:00hrs, EEST, along with code yellow advisories for the counties of Maramures, Satu Mare, Bistrita Nasaud, Salaj and Mures, valid throughout 23:00hrs, EEST.

According to MAI, actions have been deployed in the three counties to contain the weather damage, using more than 800 military firefighters assisted by Police and Gendarmerie officers.

MAI also says that over the past 24 hours, teams of emergency inspectorates intervened to preventively evacuate 22 people in Salaj County, a person at Poiana Corbului, Satu Mare County, and another one in Maramures County, both endangered by flashfloods. Classes were preventively suspended at two schools of Chieud and Chiesd, Salaj County, on Wednesday morning.

 

 

Oprea orders administrations of areas under flood advisories to be at the scene

 

Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea has ordered prefects and heads of emergency bodies in the counties under code red or code yellow flood advisories to be at the scene in order to provide assistance to the population.

Oprea called on the heads of emergency departments to be vigilant and monitor the developments where intensifications are forecast in weather and water phenomena.

‘Ever since the emergence of the first effects of dangerous weather conditions, all measures were taken at the level of emergency committees in the counties under weather advisories so that intervention to support the population may be taken as soon as possible. At the same time, immediately after the advisories were issued, operational groups of emergency inspectorates in the three counties under red code advisories were activated and measures to increase operational capabilities were taken,’ reads the release.

According to MAI, actions have been deployed in the three counties to contain the weather damage, using more than 800 military firefighters assisted by Police and Gendarmerie offices.

The National Centre for Interventions is monitoring the weather for any dangerous developments, Agerpres informs.

 

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