ACT Alliance Rapid Response Fund: Floods in South-East Romania

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Funds Sent To: Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania - AIDRom Amount Sent: US 49,917 Date: 23 September 2013

Details of Response

Emergency: Relief Support to Flood Affected in Romania Date of Emergency: From mid September 2013 onwards ACT Requesting Member: Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania - AIDRom



DETAILS OF THE EMERGENCY Continuous torrential rains have swept eastern Romania during the past weeks, causing the water levels to rise rapidly as of Thursday 12th of September, swelling rivers, flooding homes and churning up roads.

Events exacerbated between 13th–15th of September, when further extremely heavy rainfall caused massive damages in counties of Galati, Braila and Tulcea situated in the south-eastern part of Moldova province. Rain continued to fall Sunday morning as well, causing further damage to buildings, and the flooding of 3,042 hectares (7,500 acres) of farmland. Between 10-14 September, the quantity of the rain fallen equalled the region's average rainfall for two months.

Thousands of villagers have fled their homes as flash flood waters and those from the overflowing rivers spread across Eastern Romania. People were practically running away from the flooded areas with makeshift boats, horse carriages and cars and some scrambled up trees to get away from the rising waters. They had to leave everything at home, all what have left are the clothes they're wearing and what they could save in some plastic handbags. Hundreds more might have to leave their dwellings in the next 2-3 days if flood waters will not withdraw.

Soldiers and civil defense workers scrambled to reinforce dykes and build sandbag barriers. Across the region, 1.400 emergency workers have been deployed round the clock to reinforce defenses and battle the churning waters, trying to consolidate with sandbags dikes and dams along the main rivers eastern Romania. The volunteers are struggling to keep up the tempo day after day. In some parts the water has soaked dams and embankments and it is impossible to use heavy equipment such as bulldozers to fight the waters.