Prime Minister Emil Boc on Thursday visited several communities hit by the rains and flooding in the last days in eastern Romania, where the rivers Siret and Prut burst their banks.
Boc talked to the flood-stricken locals, encouraged them and asked the local authorities whether the communities have food, drinking water and everything needed in such situations. The Prime Minister flew by helicopter over the flooded areas and then he walked in those areas to find out for himself how bad things stand.
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister attended a meeting of the Committee on Emergency Situations in the Danube River port of Braila, where he was unveiled a plan for the evacuation of the people living in the Big Island of Braila in case the river breached the dikes.
Braila County Prefect Dumitru Popa presented Boc, Administration and Interior Minister Vasile Blaga and Environment Minister Laszlo Borbely, who accompanied the Prime Minister in the area, the plan drafted for the evacuation of more than 5,500 Braila Island locals and of 100 tonnes of pesticides held in the area.
The Prime Minister told those present that the working priorities in such situations are to save the people’s lives, their belongings and only then to save the arable lands and forests. Boc lent the locals a helping hand in raising a dike at Sendreni, Galati county. He filled a bag with soil and placed it on the Siret river dike.