More than 100 people were evacuated in the past 24 hours in four counties, as flood warning were still in force, Internal Affairs Ministry spokesperson Monica Dajbog announced on Saturday.
“No more dramatic situations or severe risks for the population have been noted over the past 24 hours, but 113 people of four counties have been evacuated preventively. Only 34 of them are still away; the other returned to their homes. Emergency situations required interventions in 155 localities. No locality is isolated,” she said, according to Agerpres.
More than 2,000 fire fighters, police officers and gendarmes helped the population on Friday night.
Flood advisories still concern rivers in nine of Romania’s 41 counties until 14.00 on Saturday, but no weather advisory. Two national roads were closed in one point each, and railway traffic was limited on one route.
Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos asked Minister of Internal Affairs Petre Toba to report on flood damages in the cabinet sitting next week, the government announced in a release on Friday.
Ministry of Interior: 270 firefighters deployed to areas under flood risk
A number of 270 firefighters with 37 high-power water pumps will be deployed to operate, in the coming period, in the counties under flood warning, together with other Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (ISU) employees in the region, reads a Ministry of the Interior (MAI) release sent to Agerpres.
Interior Minister Petre Toba has demanded that the IGSU management transfer equipment and personnel from the counties that are not threatened by floods to the affected areas, given the red code for flood issued by the National Institute of Hydrology for the basin of rivers Olt, Bistrita, Trotus, Putna, Barlad, Siret and Prut, the release says.
Another 270 firefighters from the counties of Bistrita-Nasaud, Sibiu, Olt, Mehedinti, Constanta, Giurgiu, Salaj, Bihor, Alba are prepared to intervene in under 60 minutes from receiving the order to save human lives and property in the areas affected by floods.
“All these deployments of forces are conducted under the coordination of the National Center for Integrated Command that works around the clock at the MAI,” the release says.
The floods have hit 89 localities in seven counties: Bacau, Covasna, Galati, Harghita, Neamt, Suceava and Vrancea.
IntMin asks for additional ISU staff in counties under flood risk
Interior Minister Petre Toba on Friday asked the management of the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (ISU) to consider deploying additional staff and technical means to the counties under flood risk.
“Taking into account the new weather forecasts, I will ask ISU to make its own assessments and, right after this operative meeting, we shall take measures to supplement the staff and the means in the counties which will further be under Code Red [flood] advisory or under bad weather advisories, so that through all the measures we shall be taking in the territory we keep the population safe. The entire activity will be coordinated through the integrated centre with the Interior Ministry,” Petre Toba told a meeting of the National Committee for emergency situations.
According to IntMin Toba, “the main efforts are focused on supporting the population, on removing all dangerous weather effects.”
“The evaluation conducted over the past 24 hours shows that 89 localities from 7 counties – Bacau, Covasna, Galati, Harghita, Neamt, Suceava and Vrancea – have been affected, and forces of the Interior Ministry – firefighters, gendarmes, police, border police – took action here together with the public local authorities to remove the negative effects. More severe effects were registered in five counties – Bacau, Neamt, Galati, Vrancea and Harghita. In spite of all the measures taken, of announcing the population and containing the adverse effects, two people died in Bacau and Vrancea. Several roads were closed down, car traffic was restricted on DN2 on a stretch of roughly 3 km between Adjud and Ruginesti because of the mud carried by the water. Also, the CFR 500 railway sector Bucharest – Suceava is cut off near Ruginesti, and for this issue I am asking the colleagues from the Transports Ministry to make all efforts to have traffic resumed on the two communication lines,” the Minister pointed out.
Over the past 24 hours, 4,500 Interior Ministry workers intervened in the affected counties, coming to the aid of the population, over 200 persons were evacuated and another 39 rescued from critical situations generated by floods, Toba announced.
Secretary of State with the Environment Ministry Olimpia Negru pointed out that the Apele Romane National Administration’s interventions teams provided the necessary support to the local authorities in the flood affected areas.
In the beginning of the meeting, a moment of silence was observed in the memory of the victims of the helicopter crash in the Republic of Moldova on Thursday.
Code red flood advisories issued for nine counties in force throughout Saturday afternoon
Hydrologists have issued code red river flood advisories for the counties of Harghita, Covasna, Suceava, Neamt, Bacau, Vrancea, Iasi, Vaslui and Galati valid throughout Saturday at 14:00hrs, local.
The National Hydrology and Water Management Institute (INHGA), says affected by strong showers will be the rivers of Olt upstream to R. Negru and Negru (Harghita and Covasna), the tributaries in the upper and middle basin of the rivers Bistrita (Suceava, Harghita and Neamt), Trotus (Harghita, Neamt and Bacau), Putna (Vrancea), Barlad (Iasi, Vaslui, Bacau, Vrancea, Neamt and Galati), as well as the short tributaries of the mid and lower parts of the rivers Siret and Prut (Bacau, Vrancea, Vaslui and Galati).
Dangerous water phenomena are more likely to occur on rivers in the counties of Neamt, Bacau, Vrancea, Galati and Vaslui.
Code orange of flood advisories were issued, valid throughout Saturday at 18:00hrs, local, for the Upper Mures (Harghita and Mures), upper and mid Olt and its tributaries in the counties of Harghita, Covasna, Brasov and Sibiu, the tributaries of the river of Prahova (Prahova), the Upper Buzau and its mid-basin tributaries (Brasov, Covasna and Buzau), the Upper Suceava and tributaries (Suceava), the Upper Moldova and tributaries (Suceava and Neamt); the rivers of Bistrita (Suceava, Neamt, Harghita and Bacau), Trotus (Harghita, Neamt and Bacau), Putna (Vrancea), Ramnicu Sarat (Buzau and Vrancea), Barlad (Iasi, Vaslui, Bacau, Vrancea, Neamt and Galati), Siret – downstream to the confluence with the river of Trotus (Vrancea, Galati), Jijia and tributaries (Botosani and Iasi), as well as the small tributaries in the mid and lower basins of the rivers Siret and Prut (Bacau, Vrancea, Vaslui and Galati).
Code yellow of flood advisories will be in force throughout this night for the rivers of Viseu, Iza, Tur, Lapus (Maramures and Satu Mare), Somesul Mare (Bistrita Nasaud), upper and mid Aries (Alba and Cluj), the tributaries of the Lower Mures (Alba, Hunedoara and Arad), Upper Mures, the upper and mid basins of the rivers of Tarnave (Harghita, Mures and Sibiu), the Olt and its tributaries in the counties of Harghita, Covasna, Brasov, Sibiu, Valcea, Olt and Arges, the Upper Arges (Arges and Dambovita), the Ialomita – upper part and tributaries (Dambovita and Prahova), the Siret and tributaries (Suceava, Botosani, Harghita, Neamt, Bacau, Vrancea, Buzau, Iasi, Vaslui, Galati, Brasov, Covasna and Braila), the Jijia and the Baseu (Botosani and Iasi), the small tributaries of the mid and lower basins of the Prut (Iasi, Vaslui and Galati), the Calmatui (Buzau and Braila) and the rivers in the province of Dobrogea (Constanta and Tulcea).
“The developments in the water and weather phenomena should be followed in accordance with the regulation concerning the management of emergencies triggered by floods, dangerous weather phenomena, waterworks accidents, accidental pollution of bodies of water and sea pollution in the coastal area,” says INHGA.
The National Weather Administration on Friday morning issued warnings of quickly changing weather and strong rain showers, setting cod orange in place for four counties in the eastern province of Moldavia.
Code yellow warnings were also issued for 11 counties, in force throughout 20:00hrs the same day.
Included in the code orange advisory are the counties of Bacau, Vaslui, and Neamt, as well as the highlands of Vrancea County, where waterfall should exceed 50 l/square metre and even 80 l/square metre.
Code yellow will be in force for the counties of Suceava, Botosani, Iasi, Harghita, Covasna, Galati, as well as parts of the counties of Arges, Dambovita, Prahova, Buzau and Vrancea.