Just three weeks ago, record snowfall buried thousands of people in Romania, people had to tunnel out of their homes, barns collapsed by the hundreds, 7,000 cattle died in Italy alone … and now nothing.
Nothing. Nada. No news. We hear nothing.
In the United States media it’s like it never happened.
We have heard nothing more about the entire villages that were cut off by the snow, or the people whose houses were buried beneath 4 meters of snow, or the 140,000 people trapped by the snow. (See http://iceagenow.info/2012/02/140000-trapped-snow-death-toll-rises-550/ )
Are they now safe? Has the snow melted? Have there been giant floods?
If anyone has information about those areas are now doing, I would like to hear from you.
Thanks to Aleksandar Cvetic in Serbia who sent the following article from Bucharest’s Southeast European Times dated 17 Feb 2012.
Let’s not let the media pretend that this never happened.
More than 63,000 people are completely isolated by snow in Buzau and Vrancea counties in southeastern Romania. Most villages are still buried in drifts 5 feet high several days after the storm. Villagers have to dig tunnels to get out of their homes and feed their livestock.
More than 80 roads in five districts and the main railway routes are blocked, the Interior Ministry said. About 200 trains were canceled, said the National Company for Highways and roads.
Vrancea county Prefect Marian Oprisan declared martial law, allowing local authorities to draw more resources to help people.
The government began collecting food and other basic items across the country for citizens who are buried in the snow. The military, firefighters, gendarmes, and in some areas prisoners are involved in emergency work.
Hundreds of army troops have been mobilized in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to assist citizens in dealing with record snowfalls that have left many without power. Armed Forces of BiH have contributed to the battle against the snow-storm record with 1,700 soldiers.