BUCHAREST, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Romanian government declared Monday an alert for the southern and southeastern counties of Buzau, Braila and Vrancea to better enable response to the current snowstorm, starting 12 p.m. on Monday.
Prime Minister Victor Ponta made the announcement at the Winter Task Force meeting, explaining that the snow-clearing and assistance operations for the communities cut off by the snow in the three counties will be made under a single command from the Government level.
The alert enables the authorities to take any measures required to prevent and remove the dangers entailed by an urgent situation, according to the government's urgent act.
The National Meteorology Administration (NMA) extended until 5 p.m. on Monday a Code Orange alert of blizzard for almost all the counties in southeastern country where, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., in these areas the wind speed will temporarily exceed 60 - 70 kmph, drifting the snow and keeping visibility low.
The NMA issued on Sunday a first ever Code Red warning of blizzard for the counties of Buzau, Braila and Vrancea.
NMA director Ion Sandu said that the warning, valid until Sunday at 9:00 p.m. local time, is issued because of the large quantities of snow and wind velocity.
Southern and southeastern Romania faces in these days one of the worst snowstorms in recent years, after having experienced drier and warmer-than-average conditions so far this winter. The Education Ministry has announced that classes will be suspended in schools in all regions in bad-weather warning on Monday and Tuesday, given the bad weather.