After gale force winds, thunderstorms and floods, Romania, like the rest of Europe, is bracing for a new heatwave
Yellow, orange and red warnings for
bad weather have been issued for some regions or even for the entire Romanian
territory almost on a daily basis in recent weeks. On Tuesday alone, several yellow
and orange warnings for unstable weather were issued for almost all of the
country's southern regions.
In Galati, eastern Romania, a man lost
his life in a thunderstorm. The bad weather has also caused material damage
including in capital city Bucharest, where gale force winds knocked over trees,
posts and billboards, blocking traffic and damaging vehicles.
Several bridges have been destroyed
by flooding in the country's south. Rail traffic has also been disrupted by the
heavy downpours which caused delays of up to 30 hours on some routes. Hundreds
of households in eastern and south-eastern Romania were left without
electricity on Tuesday night.
Firefighters have been deployed to
towns and villages in 13 counties across the country in an attempt to remove
the bad weather effects. They took action to pump water out of scores of
households, yards and basements. After these extreme phenomena, Romania is
bracing up for a new heatwave with temperatures above 30 degrees centigrade and
almost two weeks of muggy weather in almost all its territory.
The heatwave is also affecting the whole
continent. The Romanian Foreign Ministry has issued several travel alerts especially
for Greece, currently facing a higher risk of forest fire, and for France,
which is also bracing up for hot temperatures in most of its regions. Record
highs of 39-40 degrees centigrade are to be witnessed in Germany and the
heatwave is also expected to be felt in the north of the continent in countries
like Sweden and Denmark.
(translated by bill)