Bad weather grips Bucharest City, 38 settlements in 15 counties Wednesday night

Heavy rain and heavy winds gripped Bucharest City and 38 settlements in the counties of Alba, Arges, Cluj, Dambovita, Giurgiu, Gorj, Hunedoara, Iasi, Ilfov, Mehedinti, Prahova, Satu Mare, Salaj, Vaslui and Valcea, Wednesday through the night.

The General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (IGSU) says its firefighters worked to pump out water from five dwellings and 23 flooded courtyards. Heavy-duty extrication accessories were also used and 15 trees were removed, along with a utility pole, a construction element that had fallen on the road, as well as an advertising billboard. Nine cars were reportedly damaged.

Strong winds inflicted damage on 23 roofs, which were partially or totally affected.

In Bucharest, firefighters removed 13 trees from the roadway, cars or electric power lines. On Viilor Road, a man died after being hit by a falling tree.

In Ilfov County, water was pumped out of eight households, road was cleared of a fallen and unstable pieces of a roof were removed.

Road traffic was temporarily affected by trees falling on DN1 in Comarnic (Prahova), DN64 near Orlesti and Ionesti (Valcea), DJ702A in Potocelu (Dambovita), DN12 in Tusnad (Harghita) and by a billboard in Deva (Hunedoara).

More than 4,000 military firefighters were deployed using 1,000 pieces of technical equipment within the last 24 hours to contain and remove the effects of dangerous hydrological and meteorological phenomena.

Work is being currently done to clear up after the bad weather and assess the damage sustained.

Given the latest weather forecasts, the emergency inspectorates remain mobilised to intervene as soon as possible in areas where emergencies might occur.

The latest developments in dangerous meteorological phenomena are permanently monitored by the IGSU National Operational Center, which can redeploy forces and means to affected areas from other areas where no emergencies are recorded.

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