News of extreme heat has been spreading across Europe, as have various wildfires, with vegetation fires in Romania increasing sevenfold compared to the previous year. The temperature in Cluj-Napoca is forecasted to hit 39°C on Saturday and Sunday, sparking concerns for health and fire safety.
The Romanian Meteorological Administration has issued a yellow and orange warning code for various counties across the country and people have been advised by the Ministry of Environment to be very careful when using fire in their trade or where possible, stop using it all together.
“Do not use fire, because it is an extremely dangerous period. We cannot let ourselves to reach the situation of Spain, Greece, France, and so on,” said environment minister, Tanczos Barna.
Government Response to the Heat Wave
Authorities have created a “crisis cell” which is aimed at managing the effects of the heatwave which is hitting Romania and expected to intensify over the next few days.
First aid shelters will be set up in cities, where people will be able to shelter from the heat and have access to drinking water and outdoor workers will be expected to have reduced hours.
Authorities are also encouraging people to check on venerable and elderly people who live alone, to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
In addition, the government will also be able to provide assistance to areas which might be affected due to drought to provide drinking water.