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Romania : Flood : 1999/07
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Duration 1999/07
Country
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District
Romania
Name Flood
Outline Last week of June Romania, together with other countries in the region, was hit by torrential rain, floods, landslides and lightning when an intense heat wave abruptly turned into several days of downpour, swelling rivers and sending waves of mud through hillside villages.

Summary
Human Impact Physical Impact Others
CNN 1999/07/16

Storms have hit major sections of Hungary, washing out roads and bridges and disrupting train routes.
Rain had flooded 70,000 hectares (173,000 acres) by Friday morning.

OCHA Situation Report No.2 (1999/07/15)
19 people died (10 drowned and 9 struck by lightning) and 3 wounded (struck by lightning) 30 houses were destroyed and another 1526 houses and 3262 house annexes damaged; 22,914 hectares of agricultural land was destroyed, 319,5 km of communal and county roads affected, as well as 1 km of national roads; 185 bridges and platforms and 20 hydro-technical sites were ruined and electrical and telephone lines damaged.

CNN NEWS (1999/07/10) Heavy rains flood parts of Yugoslavia, 10 missing

More than 100 homes in Belgrade suburb of Ripanj were completely flooded and the local railway station was also under water.
Belgrade's medical emergency centre was hit hard.

CNN NEWS (1999/07/11) Flooding forces thousands of Serbs from their homes
About 5,000 people were evacuated from flooded homes in Smederevska Planaka. The flooding has also caused massive disruptions of road and rail traffic throughout Serbia.
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (1999/07/13) Landslides, floods claim victims in Romania, Hungary
At least six people were killed as the result of landslides caused by floods in Hungary. Three persons were buried in a wine cellar in Siklos, and three drowned in northwestern Hungary.

Reuters (1999/07/12) Floods kill nine in Romania, damage dam

Heavy rain and hail damaged dozens of houses in western and central Romania at the weekend, uprooted trees in the western city of Timisoara near the Yugoslav border and plunged dozens of villages in blackouts.
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (1999/06/24) Heavy floods affect lives in Eastern Europe

Some 170 bridges were swept away by the floods and nearly 1,700 homes were damaged around Romania.
In Hungary, roads and railway lines were closed after rainstorms and gales caused heavy damage over the last two days.

Agence France-Presse (25 Jul 1999)
Twenty-one people died
Over 300 families evacuated
More than 4,000 homes were reported flooded.
Nearly 30,00O hectares (75,000 acres) of farmland were waterlogged and some 250 kilometers (160 miles) of roads flooded by torrents which swept away 170 bridges.
Worst hit were Cluj in the west of the country and Vrancea and Buzau in the east.
OCHA Situation Report No. 1 (5th July 1999)
21 casualties, of which 19 deaths 1,556 houses are severely damaged, of which 30 are totally destroyed;
3,262 farmsteads are damaged
0.4 km of railroads are damaged;
183 bridges, 136 wells, 16 hydro-technical sites are ruined;
significant sections of the electric and telephone network are destroyed;
129 localities are directly affected

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  • CNN 1999/07/16
    Flooding in Hungary caused by torrential rains has forced more than 3,000 people to evacuate their homes, but the rain is subsiding.
  • IFRC 1999/07/15
    Sudden torrential rains in Hungary and Romania last weekend left 15 people dead, flooded entire villages, endangering more than 18,000 people and threatening thousands of houses.
  • OCHA Situation Report No.2 1999/07/15
    The Government of Romania has provided immediate assistance to the affected population by providing shelter (tents and container based camps), food, blankets, clothes, and medication.
  • CNN 1999/07/10
    At least 10 people were missing and entire neighborhoods in the Yugoslav capital were evacuated after heavy rains flooded parts of central Serbia and Belgrade.
  • CNN 1999/07/11
    More rain was predicted Sunday in Serbia, where flooding forced thousands of people from their homes over the weekend.
  • Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty 1999/07/13
    At least 13 people were killed and 23 injured in a landslide caused by heavy rain and floods near a dam on the Raul Mare River in western Romania.
  • Reuters 1999/07/12
    At least nine people were killed and an unspecified number were reported missing on Monday when a dam broke due to torrential rains in western Romania.
  • Agence France-Presse (AFP) 1999/07/10
    Violent storms and searing heat have left at least 11 people dead in southeast Europe over the weekend and forced thousands in Austria, Hungary and Yugoslavia to evacuate their homes to escape rockfalls and rising rivers.
  • Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty 1999/06/24
    Fifteen people died in rainstorms in Romania, while severe weather also hit Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Moldova.
  • Deutsche Presse Agentur 1999/06/25
    Thousands of people have been made homeless, and many villages are cut off from the outside world after bridges collapsed and roads were made impassable by the floods. Especially the western, eastern and northern parts of the eastern European country have been hit by torrential rainfalls, causing rivers to burst their banks and sweeping away numerous houses made of clay bricks.
  • Agence France-Presse (25 Jul 1999)
    Storms kill 21 in Romania
  • OCHA Situation Report No. 1 (5th July 1999)
    An intense heat wave abruptly turned into several days of downpour, swelling rivers and sending waves of mud through hillside villages.
Emergency Relief Information
  • OCHA Situation Report No. 2 (1999/07/15)
    OCHA is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions for the immediate relief needs. Funds channeled through OCHA will be spent in coordination with the relevant organizations of the UN system and OCHA will provide written confirmation of their use. Funds should be transferred to OCHA Account No. Co. 590.160 . 1 at the UBS AG, Case Postale 2770, CH 1211, Geneva 2, Switzerland, with reference: ROMANIA FLOODS 1999.