In Moldova snowfall plunged into darkness, hundreds of settlements

After the heavy snowfall and strong wind in Moldova remain blocked access roads to 30 villages and about 400 settlements do not have electricity.

As reported “Interfax” in the press service of the government, this was discussed Saturday at a meeting of the operational headquarters for elimination of consequences of natural disasters. “We need to understand what it means when a settlement is de-energized. Some are not working boilers. We must make every effort to connect the village to electricity,” – said the Prime Minister-the Minister Pavel Filip.

At the meeting it was noted that all the national roads cleared and open to traffic. Remain blocked about 30 settlements in kantemirsky Cahul and Kaushansky areas in the South of the Republic. In all localities was restored gas supply.

Remain closed three checkpoints on the border of Moldova with Ukraine. “Closed stretch of road leading to the customs with Ukraine, near the village of Ukrainka. There the snow depth exceeds one meter. Most likely, tomorrow will be able to open this road,” said Deputy transport Minister Vitalie Rapcea.

Counts damage and the Ministry of agriculture. “The threat of damage to the crop is maintained. On Tuesday will hold a meeting and discuss the supply of equipment for crop protection. We understand that after such a disaster, the risk of diseases and viruses is very high,” – said Deputy Minister of agriculture Yuri Usurelu.

The chief of service of emergency situations and civil protection of the Ministry of Mikhail Harabagiu noted that for two days rescuers rescued from snow drifts more than a thousand people. “Including assisted colleagues in the ambulance service, was taken to hospital three pregnant women,” said Harabagiu.

At the meeting it was noted that after the heavy snowfall has increased the threat of floods. “In the Central part of Moldova for the day fell more than 60 cm of snow. Today the temperature was around +8, and on Monday it is expected +17. The snow began to melt. Along the rivers fell hundreds of trees, and if they are not removed, the movement of water, the volume of which has increased significantly, will be hampered even more, and as a result there is a risk of flooding in the Central areas. The owners of reservoirs to ensure, if necessary, controlled release of water to avoid breaking dams and flooding,” said environment Minister Valeriu Munteanu.

In Chisinau on Saturday all day clean trees and branches from the roadway. According to the message of the city hall, the streets have been cleared of trees, which created interference with the traffic. On Saturday felled over 500 damaged trees. Only in Chisinau fell more than five thousand trees that could not bear the load as a result of fallen wet snow. Only in the second half of the day on Saturday, managed to restore the movement of public transport, except for a few trolleybus routes. Work resumed all the stations, with am running in normal mode and chișinău international airport.

Prime Minister Pavel Filip said that the situation remains tense, so the Operational staff will continue to work.