Romania: Flash Floods - DREF Operation n° MDRRO004

Situation Report
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CHF 185,736 has been allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Romanian Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 900 families (3,600 beneficiaries), mobilizing its branches in the affected territories and with the help of other stakeholders. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Due to heavy rainfall in Romania that started on 12th September 2013 and lasted for more than 48 hours, many villages in several municipalities from the counties of Galati, Tulcea and Vaslui have been flooded. The majority of these affected areas are situated in the rural and poorer part of Romania. Some villages have become completely isolated due to the damaged and / or not accessible bridges. The rivers that flooded were Taita in Tulcea, Suhu and Chineja in Galati. According to the information received from the Red Cross branches and the emergency departments in the affected municipalities, more than 1,735 households have been affected by the flooding and 6,901 people have been evacuated.

The Romanian Red Cross (RRC) has, through its branch in Galati, involved 20 volunteers and 2 staff members, who have been deployed in the most affected localities of Cuca, Pechea, Slobozia Conachi and Cuza Voda where they delivered a small humanitarian transport. There is a shortage of food and other essential goods, as the population was not prepared for such a heavy rain especially in a short period of time. The Galati branch of RRC delivered to the affected population in this area 100 kg of food, 1,370 litres of bottled water, 100 pairs of rubber boots and other essential items. The situation is complicated also by the fact that many families have also been evacuated and cannot return to their homes as those are still under water. The flooding has caused extensive damage to houses and personal belongings, agricultural land, equipment and losses in livestock.

This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by 17th December 2013; a Final Report will be made available two months after the end of the operation, by 17th February 2014.