Government declares alert state in Counties of Ialomita, Calarasi, Constanta and Tulcea, also

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The National Committee for Emergency Situations decided to declare an alert state starting on Wednesday, at 15,00 hours, also in the Counties of Ialomita (southern Romania), Calarasi (southern Romania), Constanta (south-eastern Romania) and Tulcea (eastern Romania), taking into account the Code Red warning for blizzard, Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced in the the Winter Task Force meeting, held at the Victoria Palace.

'Taking into account the Code Red issued for four other Counties, Ialomita, Calarasi, Constanta and Tulcea, we shall decide today within the Naitonal Committee for Emergency Situations to expand the alert state already in force in three Counties, Vrancea (eastern Romania), Braila (eastern Romania) and Buzau (southern Romania), to the Counties of Ialomita, Calarasi, Constanta and Tulcea,' Victor Ponta said.

The Prime Minister pointed out that 'it is not about restraining any of the citizen rights provided by the Constitution and it is not about financial allotments.'

'It is about allotments of forces and support and their concentration from the counties not severely affected by bad weather. Therefore, all the forces we have, Interior, Army, Transports, Health, local authorities, you coordinate them, Mr Vice Prime Minister [Liviu Dragnea], to these areas. And if tonight the weather truly calms down a bit, I want everyone in action,' the Prime Minister explained.

Ponta has also pointed out that, as for the rest, nationwide, the airports are open and at least the railways to Constanta are functioning, even if the motorway is closed. AGERPRES

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