The Infotrafic center of the Romanian Police General Inspectorate informs that, due to the snow and blizzard, the A2 Bucharest – Constanta, A4 Ovidiu – Agigea and A3 Bucuresti – Ploiesti are closed.
In regards to national roads, Constanta County sees closed national roads DN 22 – the Ovidiu – Mihai Viteazu segment; DN 3 – the Constanta – Ostrov segment; DN 3C – the Constanta – Ovidiu segment; DN 38 – the Agigea – Negru Voda segment (Border crossing point towards Bulgaria); DN 22C – the Constanta – Cernavoda segment; DN 2A – the Harsova – Ovidiu segment; DN 22A from Harsova to the county limit of Teleorman County; DN 39E the Constanta – Cumpana segment.
In Tulcea County closures affect DN 22 from Baia to the Constanta County limit; DN 22A from Topolog to the Constanta County limit; DN 22D the Macin – Horia segment; DN 22F the Izvoarele – Nalbant segment, while in Calarasi closures affect DN 3 from the Ilfov County limit to Chiciu; DN 3A from Lehliu Gara to the Ialomita County limit; DN 3B from Calarasi to the Ialomita County limit; DN 21 from Calarasi to the Ialomita County limit; DN 31 on the Oltenita – Cuza Voda segment; DN 4 from the Ilfov County limit to Oltenita; DN 41 from Oltenita to the Giurgiu County limit.
In Ialomita County, road traffic is stopped on DN 1D from the limit of Prahova County to Urziceni; DN 3A from the limit of Calarasi County to Fetesti; DN 3B from the limit of Calarasi County to Gura Ialomitei; DN 21 from the limit of Braila County to the limit of Calarasi County; DN 21A from the limit of Braila County to Tandarei; DN 2 from the limit of Ilfov County to the limit of Buzau County; DN 2A from Malu to the limit of Constanta County; DN 2C from Tovarasia to Slobozia.
In Braila County closures affect DN 21 from Braila – to the limit of Buzau County; DN 21A from Baraganul to the limit of Ialomita County; DN 22 the Braila – Gradistea segment; DN 22B the Braila – Galati segment; DN 2B from the limit of Buzau County to Braila; the Braila – Sendreni segment (segment of European Road E87); DN 23 from Braila to the limit of Vrancea County, while Galati County reports DN 24D from Tulucesti to the limit of Vaslui County closed.
In Buzau County road traffic is stopped on DN 2 from the limit of Ialomita County to Ramnicu Sarat; DN 2B from Buzau to the limit of Braila County; DN 2C the Costesti – Padina segment; DN 22 from Ramnicu Sarat to the limit of Braila County while Vrancea County reports closures on DN 23 from Nanesti to the limit of Braila County ; DN 23A from Gologanu to Ciorasti; DN 23B from Maicanesti to Ciorasti; DN 2N the Bogza – Dumbraveni segment.
In Ilfov County closures are reported on DN 2 on the DNCB to the Ialomita County limit; DN 3 on the DNCB to the Calarasi County limit; DN 4 on the DNCB to the Calarasi County limit; DN 5 on the DNCB to the Giurgiu County limit, while Giurgiu County DN 41 from Baneasa to the Calarasi County limit; and on DN 5 from Giurgiu to the limit of Ilfov County.
ANM: Code Orange for seven counties, blizzard and glazed frost starting Tuesday night
A number of seven counties, namely Constanta, Tulcea, Calarasi, Ialomita, Braila, Buzau and Vrancea will be placed under Code Orange starting 22:00 hrs, due to blizzard and glazed frost, Director General of the National Weather Administration (ANM) Elena Mateescu announced on Tuesday in a video-conference on managing the weather effects at the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MAI).
“The two Orange Codes are targeting two different intervals. In the first place, the first Code Orange starts at 20:00 hrs, this evening [Tuesday – e.n.] and lasts until tomorrow morning 08:00 hrs, consisting of blizzard and glazed frost conditions in Constanta and Tulcea, with gusts of wind of 70 – 80 kilometers per hour, snowfalls that will be heavily scattered by the blizzard, but also mixed precipitations that will facilitate the formation of glazed frost. The second Code Orange, is valid between the 23:00 hrs and ends tomorrow at 15:00 hrs, with blizzard in Calarasi, Ialomita, Braila, Buzau and Vrancea counties, the wind speed reaching 70 – 80 kilometers per hour, spreading the snow and reducing visibility below 50 meters,” Mateescu stated.
The National Weather Administration issued on Tuesday new Code Yellow and Code Orange advisories for blizzard and snowfall.
Railway operator CFR: 80 trains cancelled Wednesday at 6:00
A number of 80 trains were cancelled on Wednesday morning due to the inclement weather conditions, according to data published on the Facebook page of the by the passenger arm of the national railway operator SNCFR, CFR Calatori.
“Of the 1,300 trains operated by CFR Calatori that travel daily in Romania there was a decision taken to cancel under 10 percent of them in order to facilitate access for intervention crews and equipment and to prevent situations which would pose a risk for travelers,” the company mentions.
The list published by CFR Calatori with cancelled trains for January 11, 2017, at 6:00, shows 80 trains but the company mentions that it will be periodically updated depending on the developments in the weather conditions and the situation in the field.
According to the quoted source, rail travel is adapted to inclement weather conditions with extremely low temperatures in the range of four regional branches: Bucharest, Craiova, Galati and Constanta.
“Some trains may register delays at arrival, determined by the necessity to attach diesel locomotives on certain intervals in the southern part of the country, by the lowered speed limit or by interventions with snowploughs. There is constant intervention by rail crews and equipment. Today the link between Bucharest and Constanta is ensured with several trains,” the company announced.
Due to inclement weather conditions, navigation on the Danube was suspended indeterminately between Braila and Bazias (km 175 to 1075). Furthermore, due to high winds, the ports of Constanta Nord, Constanta Sud – Agigea, Midia and Mangalia were closed.
State Secretary Arafat: 1,002 persons were saved until 6:00 by intervention crews
State Secretary with the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) Raed Arafat, head of the Department for Emergency Situations (DSU), stated, for AGERPRES, that until Wednesday at 6:00 in the morning, 409 cars were freed from the snow and 1,002 persons were rescued by intervention crews.
“At this moment over 17,500 MAI staff are intervening, together with other staff. 1,002 persons were saved until 6,00 in the morning, 409 cars were freed. Most cars – 245 – were freed in Constanta County, 816 persons being saved,” the State Secretary mentioned.
According to him, presently, there are no persons trapped on the A2 highway.
“We managed to avoid a blockage or persons remaining trapped on the A2 highway because the decision to close the highway was taken early. At this moment, [highways] A2, A4, and A3 are closed,” the DSU head announced.
He said that other cases were solved in the meantime.
“On DN 22 – at the entry into the Cazasu locality a car was freed some minutes ago. On DN 21A two cars with seven persons that were snowed in three km from Baraganu in Braila County were freed recently. At 3.5 km from Iazu in Ialomita County there were two cars with five persons freed, the people with the Road Company intervened. There was a birth at the Dridu Dispensary in Ialomita. The baby is healthy and is transported together with its mother by an ambulance accompanied by a 4×4 car of a company that volunteered. The situation is dynamic at this moment. There are operative teams in every county,” Arafat said.
Ambulance services and SMURD conduct 9,728 interventions in past 24 hours
The Ambulance Service and the Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication (SMURD) have conducted, in the past 24 hours, from Tuesday morning at 7:00 to Wednesday morning at the same hour, 9,728 medical interventions, according to the Department of Emergency Situations.
According to the quoted source, during this time, evacuations were carried out for 258 pregnant woman and 159 persons under dialysis.
Furthermore, 178 persons were taken to day and night shelters and 70 cases of hypothermia were recorded, no deaths occurring due to them.
Air traffic registers delays due to deicing procedures, no flights cancelled
Air traffic on the two Bucharest Airports, Henri Coanda and Baneasa Aurel Vlaicu is running in winter conditions, but no flights have been cancelled, according to a release by the Bucharest Airports National Company (CNAB), remitted on Wednesday to AGERPRES.
“On the Henri Coanda Bucharest International Airport and the Aurel Vlaicu Bucuresti Baneasa International Airport, air traffic is running in winter conditions, with snowfall and gusts of wind which transport snow on the ground. No flight is cancelled on the Henri Coanda Airport due to the weather conditions. Takeoffs and landings are conducted in full safety. Some flights registered delays on takeoff, determined by the need to deice the aircraft,” the release shows.
According to the quoted source, on both airports procedures are being conducted to ensure the runways, taxiways and ramps are open, operational and conditions for complete safety of air operations are maintained.
Real-time information about the situation of flights off the two Bucharest airports can be found at the webpage www.bucharestairports.ro.
Bucharest Ambulance Service: 1,432 requests in past 24 hours
The Bucharest – Ilfov Ambulance Service has registered in the past 24 hours 1,432 requests, of these 731 were Code Red and Code Yellow emergencies, said on Wednesday, for AGERPRES, the manager of the institution, Alis Grasu.
“A number of 1,432 requests were recorded in the past 24 hours. Of these, 731 Code Red and Code Yellow emergencies. 152 cases in public spaces. Of those in public spaces, 52 were homeless persons trasported to the mayoralty’s shelters. Nine homeless persons were transported to hospitals, and 13 pregnant women were transported to hospital,” said the doctor.
Alis Grasu said that there were nine persons that suffered trauma by falling, and another suffered 27 fractures, sprains and dislocations.
The manager of the Ambulance Service said that ambulances have trouble navigating side streets where ice has formed and cars are parked on either side of the road surface.
Tarom cancels flights from Bucharest to Chisinau, Cluj and Timisoara on Wednesday, due to inclement weather
Tarom Airline canceled on Wednesday, due to inclement weather conditions, the following flights: 201/202 Bucharest – Chisinau – Bucharest, 603/604 Bucharest – Timisoara – Bucharest and 643/644 Bucharest – Cluj Napoca – Bucharest, the passengers being due for boarding today, on the following flights to the same destinations, according to a press release of the Bucharest Airports National Company (CNAB), sent to AGERPRES on Wednesday.
“On the Henri Coanda Bucharest International Airport and the Aurel Vlaicu Bucuresti Baneasa International Airport, air traffic is running in winter conditions. Takeoffs and landings are conducted in full safety. Some flights registered delays on takeoff, determined by the need to deice the aircraft,” the company’s representatives say.
On both airports procedures are being conducted to ensure the runways, taxiways and ramps are open, operational and conditions for complete safety of air operations are maintained.
The Bucharest Airports National Company recommends passengers to take the necessary measures to come in due time at the airport.
Traffic at border with Bulgaria conducted through Giurgiu-Ruse, Vama Veche-Durankulak and Calafat-Vidin border-crossing points
Vehicle traffic at the board with the Republic of Bulgaria is conducted only through Giurgiu-Ruse and Vama Veche-Durankulak border-crossing points, for vehicles weighing up to 7.5 tonnes, and Calafat-Vidin border-crossing point for all vehicle categories, reads a release the Inspectorate General of the Romanian Police (IGPF) issued on Wednesday.
“Because of adverse weather conditions, in the border crossing points to the Republic of Bulgaria the vehicle traffic is conducted only through Giurgiu-Ruse and Vama Veche-Durankulak border-crossing points, for vehicles weighing up to 7.5 tonnes, and Calafat-Vidin border-crossing point for all vehicle categories. We are pointing out that traffic through the three border-crossing points is carried out in winter conditions and the Romanian border policemen are constantly cooperating with their Bulgarian counterparts in order to ease traffic,” the IGPF press release reads.
No crossing activities are carried out through the Turnu-Magurele, Zimnicea and Bechet crossing-points because the ferry transport is unavailable.
Moreover, for the Negru Voda and Ostrov border-crossing points there are traffic restrictions on the roads that make the connection with the border-crossing points on the territory of the two states, for all vehicle categories, because of adverse weather conditions.
Drivers transiting the border are directed to the specially setup parking spaces in the nearby areas.
Moreover, the Border Police keeps in touch with the Bulgarian border authorities in order to inform the participants in traffic about the road conditions and the possible traffic restrictions to the border localities.
Code Yellow – snowfall and blizzard in 11 counties,until 23:00;from 04:00, wind and glazed frost nationwide
The National Weather Administration (ANM) issued a Code Yellow advisory for blizzard and snowfalls, which is valid until Wednesday night at 23:00 hrs for 11 counties situated in the east and south-east of the country.
At the same time, meteorologists lifted the advisory for Code Orange, which targeted the following counties: Calarasi, Ialomita, Buzau, Braila and Vrancea.
According to the ANM, in the interval between 13:30 hrs – 23:00 hrs it will still snow in most part of Moldavia, locally in Muntenia, in the Curvature Carpathians area and towards the evening and in the beginning of the night in the south of Dobrogea. In Dobrogea, east of Muntenia, south and center of Moldavia, the wind will continue to intensify with speeds of 50 – 60 kilometers per hour, turning into blizzard and scattering the snow.
The counties targeted by the Code Yellow are the following: Iasi, Bacau, Vaslui, Vrancea, Galati, Buzau, Braila, Tulcea, Constanta, Ialomita and Calarasi. The ANM mentions that some wind intensifications will occur in Oltenia and the rest of Muntenia, temporarily shattering the snow.
Moreover, starting on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, at 04:00 hrs and ending Friday at 10:00 hrs, a meteorological info will come into force for wind intensifications and glazed frost, which is valid on a national level.
Therefore, in the mentioned interval, in the mountain area, the wind will gradually intensify, with speeds reaching 60 – 70 kilometers per hour and on peaks, mostly in the second half of Thursday (12 January), the gusts of wind will temporarily exceed 80 kilometers per hour, turning into blizzard and scattering the snow. Wind intensifications will occur in the south-eastern, southern and central regions, with temporary speeds of 45 – 55 kilometers per hour, therefore the previously laid layer of snow will be shattered.
Starting on the second half of Thursday (12 January) it will snow, in general, in low quantities in the mountain regions and locally in the intra-Carpathian regions, and towards the end of Thursday night to Friday (12 / 13 January) in the west of the country mixed precipitations and glazed frost will occur. On Thursday (12 January) depending on how the weather will develop, the ANM might update the meteorological info that was issued on Wednesday.
Moreover, the meteorologists have issued a Code Yellow advisory of extremely cold and frosty weather, especially at night, valid for the interval 11 January, 13:00 hrs – 12 January, 10:00 hrs.
In the mentioned interval, the weather will be extremely cold, frosty at night and in the morning in most part of the country. Therefore, the minimum temperatures at night will generally stand between -17 and -10 degrees Celsius and the temperatures during the day will be also negative.
Romanian Gendarmerie supplements teams who operate to limit snowfall effects
The Romanian Gendarmerie supplemented with over 250 peoples the teams that are operating on Wednesday in the counties affected by snowfalls (Constanta, Braila, Buzau, Tulcea, Calarasi, Ialomita, Giurgiu, Prahove and Ilfov).
Gendarmes are present in over 50 road blocks, together with policemen and they took actions in order to remove snow accumulated in some important regions for emergency intervention (hospitals, Constanta Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication – SMURD helicopter), a release of the Romanian Gendarmerie sent to AGERPRES on Wednesday reveals.
According to the quoted source, in the past 72 hours, over 4,500 gendarmes operated on a national level, both on daytime as well as at night, in order to limit the effects of the heavy snowfall.
Moreover, following the worsening of the weather, the Romanian Gendarmerie decided to also increase, on a national level the specific measures that are to be taken in the mountain areas which are hard to access, the resorts area and the hiking trails, showing an increased attention to areas known to present risks for tourists’ safety.