Vice Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea, interim minister of the interior, announced late on Thursday at the Winter Task Force meeting that the Ministry of the Interior assigned over 6,000 police officers, gendarmes and firemen to 120 localities cut off by snow drifts.
"The objective of the operations conducted by the Interior Ministry staff was to save human lives, help stranded citizens, support the local authorities to mitigate the effects of the recent weather phenomena. Since early on Thursday, employees of the Interior Ministry, mainly Gendarmerie workers, have been deployed to the counties of Braila, Buzau, Ialomita, Calarasi and Vrancea to engage in various rescue operations in 120 localities affected by the recent heavy snowfalls," Gabriel Oprea said at Victoria Palace (the Gov't offices).
In addition, the Ministry of National Defence announced that military troops are currently engaged in over 20 operations in the snow-stricken counties.
The Defence Ministry informs in a release sent to AGERPRES that "up until now, 1,970 militaries with 203 pieces of equipment have been engaged and are currently engaged, upon the request of local authorities, in missions in the areas cut off by massive snow drifts. Late on Thursday, the troops were carrying out 22 missions aimed at removing snow, clearing access roads of snow, evacuating and saving stranded people or sick people."AGERPRES