The National Meteorological Administration on Tuesday issued a Code Orange for heavy snowfalls and blizzard, valid for seven counties in the south of the country until Wednesday evening at 08:00 pm.
The counties that will be under the Code Orange as of Wednesday morning at 06:00 am are Giurgiu, Calarasi, Ialomita, Buzau, Braila, Constanta and Tulcea.
According to the meteorologists, in the said interval, the area of snowfalls will be extending from south-west to the entire south of the country.
85 trains, 15 flights canceled, ports closed due to inclement weather
The inclement weather has led to the cancellation of 85 trains and 15 flights, according to a release of the Info-traffic Centre with the Romanian Police General Inspectorate sent to AGERPRES on Tuesday.
The most affected were the regional trains of the Romanian railway operator SNCFR, CFR Calatori, in the southern part of the country: Constanta, 36 annulled trains, Craiova – 28 and Bucharest – 18, other three trains being canceled in Galati CFR Regional branch.
From the 15 canceled flights, eight were from Bucharest, six from Craiova and one in Sibiu.
Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport in Constanta was closed starting with 6:30 hrs., then reopened for operations in winter conditions.
“In Constanta county, Constanta North, Constanta South-Agigea, Midia and Mangalia Ports were closed. Likewise, Sulina branch in Tulcea county was also closed. In Teleorman county, the ferry border passing points Turnu Magurele – Nikopol and Zimnicea – Svishtov were closed due to the wind gusts,” the quoted source reports.
Bucharest Mayor Firea: Classes suspended in Bucharest throughout the week
Classes will be suspended in Bucharest throughout the week because of adverse weather conditions, Bucharest General Mayor Gabriela Firea said on Tuesday at the Winter Command meeting at the City Hall.
The arctic blast will persist in Bucharest until March 2 with temperature highs struggling at minus 7 degrees Celsius, while plunging at night to minus 19 degrees Celsius or even lower on the city outskirts, as shows the forecast of the National Meteorology Administration for the interval February 27 – March 2, 2018.
MAI rescues 215 people in risky situations, with 17,000 operating crew members
The Internal Affairs Ministry (MAI)’s ranks, in cooperation with local authorities on Monday came to the rescue of 215 people in risky situations however, no serious situations that could not be managed in due time were recorded, informs MAI.
According to data centralised by MAI, the weather phenomena manifestations affected 10 counties (Bacau, Calarasi, Constanta, Covasna, Dolj, Giurgiu, Olt, Tulcea, Teleorman, Vrancea) and Bucharest municipality.
No closed border check points are signalled, but at the level of national roads and motor ways in Bulgaria, a tonnage threshold restriction is imposed (12.5 tonnes).
Nationwide, the energy supply for 841 consumers in a locality in Prahova county is cut off.
Among the situations that required intervention, MAI mentions that in Constanta county, a track-laying vehicle with a paramedic intervened to collect two one-year old twin girls with fever, who were rushed to a hospital in Mangalia.
The track-laying vehicle from the Emergency Situations Inspectorate (ISU) Galati, dispatched to support ISU Constanta, alongside a SMURD team, collected a pregnant woman in labour in Calugareni locality. The patient arrived safely at the hospital.
Still in Constanta county, a track-laying vehicle form ISU intervened on Monday evening in order to save a hemorrhaging pregnant woman.
In Bucharest, the ISU BIF and DGPMB task forces are conducting a difficult mission at the crossroads of Odai belt Road with Bucharest-Targoviste avenue, where a 24-metre pole and 1 metre width of a banner is in danger of falling in the crossing area.
Throughout the day, the MAI task forces have come to the aid of the local authorities in order to unblock vehicles trapped because of the snow and the blizzard. Between Botoroaga and Mosteni localities, DJ 503, Teleorman county, as many as 17 automobiles (among which a mini-bus with eight minors), with approximately 25 people in them were trapped in the snow. An ISU crew took the children and transported them to a shelter, until the cars were released.
In Olt county, between Caracal and Cezieni localities, on DJ 651, eight automobiles were trapped and another 10 cars in Coteana locality. All the people involved were saved and did not require medical assistance.
In the counties under snowfall and blizzard warning, the Internal Affairs Ministry has in its service almost 17,000 crew members with over 7,500 technical capabilities.
The monitoring and coordination of the field situation is achieved through MAI’s the National Centre of Integrated Leadership, completed with a IGSU task force, representatives within the Energy Ministry and the National Company for Road Infrastructure Management.
The Internal Affairs Ministry recommends drivers to gather information about the situation of the roads they intend to travel on and equip their automobiles so as to face the challenges of the winter weather conditions.