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September 29, 2022

PM Dancila: We will take immediate action to help people affected by floods

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Cabinet members decided on Tuesday, at an operative meeting convened at the Government House, the measures necessary to support the people and the communities affected by the latest floods.

According to a government press statement, some of the rapid intervention measures are to be adopted in the first session of the executive. They are being considered to support people and areas affected by floods along with preventive measures.

The government is committed to providing the bare necessities – water, food, mobile homes to accommodate people whose homes have been destroyed or severely affected – providing construction materials for the reconstruction of houses destroyed by the latest disasters, allocating financial aid to affected families, clearing roads and access roads affected by floods, and re-establishing access links for isolated communities, counseling the public to raise awareness over the health risks they are exposed to, and providing the necessary vaccines where needed (for hepatitis A and tetanus), providing additional forces and means for intervention to remove water and mud from the affected houses, yards and areas, providing the necessary feed for the domestic animals belonging to the affected families.

The authorities will also intervene to prevent and mitigate the effects of any floods that may occur in the coming period, given the short and medium term weather forecasts.

According to the statement, the authorities are prepared to intervene to help with defence banks, spillways and dam heightening.

In addition, Dancila asked the minister of youth and sports to find solutions for the organisation of free camps for children from families whose homes were severely affected by disasters.

Another set of measures envisaged is to rehabilitate damaged and flooded transport and environmental infrastructure, including levees for flood protection.

The government will make a thorough analysis to access the European Union Solidarity Fund.

“Yesterday I went to the affected areas. We talked to people who need our quick support. Many have lost in a few hours what they had gathered in a lifetime. (…) We will take immediate action to help people affected by the floods,” said Dancila.

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