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Romania: Household & hygiene kits reach devastated families in Romania

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World Vision Romania recently completed a second distribution of relief supplies to assist 175 families whose homes were completely destroyed by the July floods in Nanesti village, Vrancea County, one of the worst affected counties in the poorest region of Romania.
Families received household assistance kits containing plastic water tanks, rubber gloves, rubber boots, dishes and torches, as well as individual hygiene kits containing soap, detergent, tooth paste, tooth brushes and sanitary alcohol. World Vision Switzerland funded the distribution, totaling more than US$7,000.

The first distribution, also funded by World Vision Switzerland, totaled US$13,500 and included tents, mattresses and sleeping bags.

An assessment conducted by World Vision's relief team in Nanesti village revealed that the primary need in the area is for construction materials to rebuild the 175 houses and repair 240 more homes damaged by the floods.

World Vision is currently working with a local cement company to distribute 110 tonnes of donated cement mix for eventual house reconstruction in Nanesti village. Two loads have been distributed, with three remaining.

The majority of those worst affected are older people who lack the physical ability and financial resources to contribute labour and funds towards the reconstruction.

"Many families will have to go and live elsewhere, with relatives, friends or neighbours over the coming winter. We don't even think there's enough time and resources to fix the 240 houses that were damaged, let alone reconstruct the 175 houses that were destroyed in our village," said Mrs. Emilia Stratulat, Secretary of the Local Council in Nanesti village.

Until homes are constructed or repaired, those that cannot live with relatives or friends will be forced to live in damp, inadequate shelters, or in tents. Local family doctors are especially concerned about the health of those affected and predict an increase in pulmonary diseases and depression.

As a long-term goal, World Vision Romania is committed to reconstructing or rehabilitating the medical facilities that have been destroyed by floods in Moldova.

"It is key to maintain an active and equipped medical point in flood-affected communities in the coming months, especially due to the precarious living conditions people will face before permanent shelter is built", said Cristina Stihi, World Vision Romania Public Relations Manager.

"The upcoming winter and expected cold-related illness are two more reasons to ensure permanent health assistance. Besides, so far there has been no commitment made to rehabilitate the medical units," added Stihi.

Over the past 48 hours, flooding has affected 21 counties across the country, putting additional pressure on Romanian authorities. Minister of Public Works, Mr. Laszlo Borbely, officially declared that they are unable to rebuild the 3,600 houses and repair the 8,300 houses before winter.

World Vision has thus far committed more than US$80,000 to the flood response in Olt, Galati and Vrancea communes.

Report from Magda Camanaru - World Vision Iasi Program Assistant Manager

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