Gov’t approves RON 5,000 in assistance for families who lost members in floods

Families who lost relatives in the floods that hit Romania these days will each receive RON 5,000 in burial assistance, the Government decided in its Wednesday, June 30, meeting. According to Prime Minister Emil Boc, the aid is granted under a Government Resolution.

The Government also instructed the release from the state reserves of significant amounts of relief items for the victims: blankets, mineral water and canned food, as well as fuel for the authorities in the affected areas. The products will be dispatched to the flood-stricken areas, especially to Moldova (country east), said Prime Minister Boc. Local authorities will also receive modular homes to accommodate the victims.

„The top priority of the Government and local authorities is to save human lives. We call on the population (…) to cooperate with the authorities whenever a relevant alert is issued, to save lives,” Boc said. Floods damaged 32 national roads, 88 county roads and 120 community roads. The ministers will travel to the flooded sites to be present wherever decisions are necessary and in order to cooperate and assist local authorities, Premier Boc announced at the beginning of the Government meeting.

Emil Boc thanked the police, the Army, firefighters, gendarmes, local authorities, the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations for their involvement in rescue operations, but acknowledged that he cannot declare himself fully satisfied with the outcome of the authorities’ actions.

According to data centralized for the interval June 23 – 30, a number of 426 localities were hit by floods, 22 people were killed and one is person is reported missing; 12,456 people were evacuated, 4,772 houses were submerged, 246 homes were destroyed, 32 national roads, 88 county roads and 120 community roads were also damaged. The flood tally also includes 2,555 hectares of affected grass fields and pastures 5,480 hectares of forest, 23,759 hectares of arable land, 262 bridges and 1,420 footbridges damaged and 14,000 clogged wells.

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