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December 1, 2022

Dancila says flood-hit people to receive emergency supplies, financial aid

The Government will adopt more measures to support the people affected by floods that will receive emergency supplies, construction materials and financial aid, in its Thursday’s sitting, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila announced.

“We have had an operational meeting convened at the Government, where we have set short-term measures as well as medium and long-term measures. People urgently need our help, which is why we have agreed to firstly come up with solutions of quick intervention measures that will be adopted in today’s Government sitting. Here I am referring to the provision of emergency supplies – water, food, mobile homes for accommodating people whose homes have been destroyed or seriously damaged. We will immediately make these products available. We also have available in the Government’s reserve building materials for the reconstruction of homes destroyed by calamities,” Dancila told Radio Romania Actualitati on Thursday.

At the same time, the Executive will provide financial aid to families affected by floods and provide equipment and staff for clearing access roads.

“We will allocate financial aid to affected families based on social surveys. The Ministry of Labor has already prepared the project and we will adopt it in today’s sitting, and we will also provide equipment and personnel to clear roads and re-establish access links for isolated communities. (…) The health directorates are involved in counseling the population to raise their awareness of the health risks they are exposed to, as well as to provide the necessary vaccines. (…) The Ministry of Agriculture provides fodder for animals. (…) All ministries are fully involved, and the Government’s help for the flood-affected population will come quickly,” said Dancila.

The head of the Government said he would continue to go to flood-affected areas.

“People need to know now that they can rely on us, and I and my colleagues will continue to go on missions to disaster areas.” The situation has been and is constantly monitored since the onset of meteorological phenomena. The damage is big and we must access all the levers to remedy the problems caused by to dwellings, roads, the access roads and also to agricultural crops,” Dancila said.

She also pointed out that work is being done to consolidate dams, clear river beds of debris and for repairing where necessary.

“We also have the support of the Ministry of Defense, the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, military firefighters to remove the effects of floods and for the situation of rains returning to the areas. A new wave of abundant rainfall is coming. I was impressed with the way in which gendarmes and firemen were working to remove the mud from the houses and the yards of the people, and we demanded that the task forces be supplemented,” Dancila said.

The prime minister said they would continue to seek access to the EU Solidarity Fund to help people affected by floods.

“Accessing the EU Solidarity Fund can only be done on the basis of a complex analysis that has already begun. We discussed with Commissioner Corina Cretu and Vice-President of the European Commission Sefcovic on this issue. In the coming days and even on Tuesday, I will discuss this again. (…) Procedures are in progress, but (…) this takes time. European support is certainly necessary, but it will be complementary to the funds earmarked from the national budget,” said Dancila.

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