Freezing rain, snow and wind caused damages in 18 counties of the country and in Bucharest. 1,752 trees, 26 pylons for supporting electric cables and 80 electric cables have been removed; 221 vehicles have been affected. In addition, a large number of vehicles in which there were 52 people have been unlocked.
“In the context of the hydrometeorological phenomena that took place, in the last 24 hours, there have been consequences in Bucharest and in 18 counties. The water has been removed from 16 basements/yards, 37 vehicles in which there were 52 people have been unblocked from snow, 1,752 trees, 26 pylons for supporting electric cables and 80 electric cables have been removed, and 221 cars have been affected”, the representatives of the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations reported on Sunday morning.
Weather caused damages in the counties of Arad, Arges, Braila, Buzau, Calarasi, Constanta, Dambovita, Gorj, Giurgiu, Ilfov, Ialomita, Mehedinti, Olt, Prahova, Tulcea, Teleorman, Vaslui and Vâlcea.
Also, two injured by tree branches and two patients who needed the intervention of snow removal trucks and ISU trawlers for unblocking the access, benefited from medical care and transportation to the ambulance.
Bucharest and Ilfov firefighters intervened in more than 1,800 cases
Until Sunday at 6.00 AM, Bucharest and Ilfov firefighters intervened in 1,810 emergency cases caused by freezing rain. Trees, electric cables and pylons for supporting electric cables have been removed from the road; 220 vehicles have been damaged.
There have been 1,700 interventions in Bucharest and 110 interventions in Ilfov County, in several localties, including Voluntari, Pantelimon, Cernica, Buftea, Snagov, Otopeni, Magurele.
Until 10.00 AM, Bucharest and other six counties have been under Code Yellow of glazed frost, with important ice deposits.
RO-ALERT message in Bucharest: people in Bucharest are asked not to call 112 to avoid overloading the system
The RO-ALERT system was used on Saturday in Bucharest to send a message to the people in order to avoid overloading the system. People in Bucharest were asked not to inform about the trees fallen on the road if no victims are involved. From 7.00 AM to 1.00 PM, the Bucharest-Ilfov Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (ISU) has managed 750 cases in Bucharest and 40 cases in Ilfov.
The message that was sent was: “In order to avoid overloading the 112 call system, we ask people in Bucharest and Ilfov to avoid repeated calls to 112 regarding the removal of the trees or other similar situations, except for those in which victims are involved or which imply an immediate danger for life. At this moment, the 112 and ISU staff was supplemented, being mobilized to handle all the emergencies and giving priority to major emergencies”.