Storms, Floods Hit Romania -160 People Displaced, 3 Dead

Romania’s General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (IGSU) announced Wednesday that 95 towns and villages in 27 counties had been affected by storms and flooding between 6 a.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday, resulting in one death and the evacuation of at least 160 people.


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Storms, Floods Hit Romania -160 People Displaced, 3 Dead

According to a IGSU press release, the storms and flooding affected the counties of Alba, Arad, Arges, Bacau, Braila, Botosani, Brasov, Buzau, Caras-Severin, Cluj, Dambovita, Dolj, Galati, Gorj, Hunedoara, Iasi, Mehedinti, Neamt, Olt, Prahova, Salaj, Sibiu, Suceava, Timis, Tulcea, Valcea and Vrancea.

One person in Alba County and at least 160 people all over the country were evacuated, said the press release.

Romanian Interior Minister Vasile Blaga said the death toll had risen to three by 2.30 p.m. Wednesday, after two people in Cluj County lost their lives.

The flooding affected 1,873 homes and farms, 1,065 hectares of farmland, 1,928 hectares of forest and pasture, two kilometers of national roads, 37 km of county roads, 91 km of communal roads and clogged 424 wells. Almost a thousand IGSU worked with more than 670 Interior Ministry employees to limit damage and rescue people living in areas subject to weather warnings.

Most of Romania has been hit by heavy rainfall and many rivers, including the Danube, have overflowed.

Prime Minister Emil Boc said that, although the code yellow weather warning expires Wednesday at 9 p.m., the north part of the country may be subject to new storms Friday and Saturday.

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