The population affected by the extensive flooding occurred in May and in the summer of 2014 will receive financial aid of almost 8.5 million euros from the EU’s Solidarity Fund following the approval of the European Commission’s Decision by the European Parliament and Council, reads a press release issued last Thursday for Agerpres by the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu.
“We proposed the granting of this aid in April 2015 when we submitted our proposal to the two institutions. The devastating flood caused uncertainty regarding the future of the farmers who have lost their entire production, the children who could no longer go to school and the families who have seen their homes destroyed. For all these people who showed a great deal of courage, the authorities have taken a wise decision: they turned to European solidarity,” said the European Commissioner.
The first floods affected 30 counties in Romania and destroyed vital transport supplies of water, energy and telecommunications, as well as houses and farms. People were evacuated and farmers lost crops and livestock. Many schools, hospitals, public buildings and cultural goods were flooded. In July and August 2014, the heavy rains, floods and landslides affected again 126,000 people in five counties of Oltenia Region, in Southeastern Romania.
According to Corina Cretu, the financial aid will support communities by contributing to covering the cost of recovery operations, as well to covering partially the costs to sanitize the affected areas, to restore infrastructure and services.
“Unfortunately, a disaster or a crisis situation can occur at any time. We cannot always prevent such dramatic situations, but we can prepare, reduce damage and, most importantly, we can increase the safety of our citizens. That it is why, risk and disaster management policies are so important. Many of the programmes co-financed through the European Structural and Investment Funds for the period 2014 – 2020 are aimed at flood prevention and reducing the impact of climate changes, actions for which there is an stringent need,” said the European Commissioner for Regional Policy.