Nearly 12,000 people evacuated as flood tally continues to rise
Following the torrential rainfalls and surges in the flows of rivers in Romania in the past 24 hours, 872 people were evacuated and 162 localities in 22 counties got under water, with the number of people affected by the floods having neared 12,000.
The counties that were affected by the torrential rainfalls of the past days are Alba, Bacau, Botosani, Brasov, Caras-Severin, Calarasi, Constanta, Dambovita, Dolj, Galatai, Giurgiu, Harghita, Ialomita, Iasi, Mehedinti, Mures, Neamt, Olt, Suceava, Tulcea, Vaslui and Vrancea, according to a press release of the General Emergency Inspectorate (IGSU).
As many as 3,218 households, outbuildings, yards and gardens as well as 296 housing units were damaged in the past 24 hours, while a housing unit was wiped out.
At the same time, 17,893 hectares of pastureland, 14,415 hectares of farmland, 4,997 hectares of forestland, 16 social and economic facilities as well as six national roads got under water.
In order to save the people caught by flashfloods, to evacuate them to safety, to consolidate and heighten levees and clear up the pathways, 1,115 IGSU officers and nearly 1,700 employees of the Ministry of Administration and Interior (MAI), the Defence Ministry (MApN), voluntary services and local emergency task forces have been engaged.
Over the past days, 22 people were killed by floods and bad weather is still threatening people in 18 counties in the northern and eastern parts of the country, which are placed under yellow rain code alert July 1, 09:00hrs, local, – July 2, 09:00hrs, local.