In 2004 and 2005, the small city of Comanesti in Bacau County, Romania was devastated by flooding of the Trotus River. In the process, hundreds of homes were destroyed, leaving many families homeless.
The U.S. Government was among the first donors to respond to the crisis in this community, donating emergency supplies including food, personal hygiene items, portable heaters, and water purification systems. CHF International/Romania continued this assistance through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Romanian Flood Recovery (RFR) Program.
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"It was after midnight when the waters hit. We were so scared. The water was coming so strong and fast," says Liliana Tinca from the village of Golesti. Flooding waters destroyed the floor of her house while the family had to sleep in the train station.
Thousands of people across Romania were forced out of their homes, their properties destroyed and life savings wiped out in a matter of hours.
50 million of these 274 million will come from Solidarity Fund. The difference of 224 million will be allotted for eligible projects within PHARE, ISPA and SAPARD programs.
On the request of Prime Minister Calin Popescu - Tariceanu, the Minister delegate in charge to the implementation of internationally financed programs and the Supervision of the enforcement of the Acquis Communautaire, Mr. Cristian David will present an informative document on the eligible projects on PHARE, ISPA and SAPARD programs.
This Christmas, Maria Ivonaru and her family will again sleep in their own home, after torrential floods swept across Europe this summer, hitting her native Romania the hardest.
Habitat for Humanity's flood-relief programme in Romania is in full swing, as the organization strives to shelter affected families from the country's bitter winter.
by Magda Camanaru - Communications
World Vision Romania will use a US$500,000 grant from USAID to set up disaster mitigation plans in Olt, Timis and Vrancea, three of the counties worst affected by this year's massive floods.
One-hundred-and-fifty houses affected by damp and mould will also be repaired and sanitised.
In addition, 200 families from these counties will receive food over the next three months and will receive material support to survive the harsh impending winter.
In Nanesti village, Vrancea County, World Vision Romania staff have convened two meetings …
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Eight people have died in the latest wave of floods to strike Romania this year. As the country struggles to recover, the European Investment Bank has announced plans to lend around 600m euros in assistance.
By Gelu Trandafir for Southeast European Times in Bucharest - 30/09/05
As Romania grapples with the impact of more flooding, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced plans to lend around 600m euros to help the country rebuild its damaged road and rail networks.
"The water accumulated in Tuzla locality will be evacuated through a second pipeline that will be installed for the evacuation of water into sea, so that Techirghiol Lake would not be affected", State Minister Gheorghe Pogea has stated.
He has presented the results of the yesterday's visit in Constanta County at the end of the meeting of the National Committee for Emergencies. Thus, three large companies will cooperate to install a 500 mm diameter pipeline at Tuzla in order to evacuate the accumulated water into sea.
The situation is under control and the population of Ialomita county does not run anymore the risk of being flooded as the flash flood passed, without producing damage to Slobozia locality, Prime Minister Calin Popescu -Tariceanu has stated further to the meeting of the National Committee for Emergencies.
"The population in the area does not run the risk of being flooded. The good cooperation between the central and local authorities, the efficient rally and the preventive measures that have been taken so far have proved their efficiency", the Prime Minister has stated.
OVERALL SITUATION IN THE AFFECTED COUNTIES - September 26th 2005, 16.30 o'clock
Over the period September
The measures taken on site and in the floods affected areas have aimed firstly at consolidating the protection works against floods, Mr. Anghel Andreescu, the State Secretary within the Ministry of Administration and Interior has stated today.
He stated that there was maintained the alert level 2 at the level of the troops of gendarmes, frontier police, Inspectorate for Emergencies - namely all the teams are present in their units - in three counties: Ilfov, Ialomita and Constanta.
The heavy rains from these last days will not raise issues for the Bucharest's safety, Mr. Madalin Mihailovici, the interim director of the National Administration "Romanian Waters" stated today after the meeting of the National Committee for Emergencies.
"There is no issue for the safety of the habitants of the Capital. There are, indeed, very abundant flows, the water speed is large, but people should not be afraid, because around the Capital there are 15 lakes wherewith the water is transited," Mr. Mihailovivi declared.
On the meeting of the National Committee for Emergencies, Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu has decided to allocate food and goods of prime necessity to the prefectures of the counties affected by last days floods, provided they request the Government's aid, Mrs. Oana Marinescu, the Government Spokesperson has announced today.
The Ministry of Labour will allocate aids amounting to 30 millions ROL to the families of the deceased persons, Mrs. Oana Marinescu has also stated.
The State Secretary in the Ministry of Administration and Interior (MAI), Mr.
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