The Romanian authorities announced on Friday night (11 March) that the official death toll in the recent earthquake disaster had risen to over 1,400 with 10,000 people injured.
The Romanian authorities announced on Friday night (11 March) that the official death toll in the recent earthquake disaster had risen to over 1,400 with 10,000 people injured. The government said the damage to the Romanian economy was huge.
SYNOPSIS: One of the worst hit areas is Ploiesti, the centre of the important Roman in oil fields. Although some oil wells and pipe lines are intact, over 2,000 buildings have been damaged.
Some, like this glass factory may be repaired. But in the Ploiesti area alone, 200 buildings are in ruins and 70 industrial plants out of action. The government says the disaster could set-back the Romanian economy by 10 years.The cost, according to the authorities, runs into tens of millions of U.S. dollars. Officials have warned that some designers of modern structures that collapsed, will face prosecution. They will be charged with violating technical rules and failing to ensure buildings were strong enough to withstand the earthquake. However, the government has said that it will still press ahead with its economic programme despite the damage in the violent tremor.
In the capital, Bucharest, a massive clear in up operation continues. Huge amounts of personal belongings found in the wreckage are still being collected by rescue teams.
Meanwhile, the government says its virtually dismissed warnings by the United States of the likelihood of another quake within days or months. However, officials say they can't be certain. According to Romania the warning was based on incomplete and unreliable information and Romanian experts say they don't believe another disaster to be imminent.