BUCHAREST, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Currently there is no risk that the poison cloud from Ukraine enters Romania, Romania Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said on Tuesday.
"Specialists believe that in the coming 36 hours there is no risk that the cloud enters Romania. We need to stay calm. We will take measures, if necessary," Tariceanu stressed.
He added that a meeting is taking place at the Environment Ministry for setting measures, if necessary, in case the poison cloud of yellow phosphorus reaches Romania.
Tariceanu also said that Romanian Environment Minister Attila Korodi tried to get in touch with his counterpart in Kiev, but the Ukrainians gave no answer. Tariceanu said that Romanian authorities have received no official information from Ukraine so far.
Ukrainian Vice-Premier Aleksandr Kuzmuk, who heads the crisis cell for liquidating the consequences of the railway accident on Monday evening, said on Tuesday that the situation could not be predicted but admitted that "the derailment of the 15 carriages carrying yellow phosphorus threatened Ukraine on Monday evening with a second Chernobyl," the Ukrainian news agency Unian was cited as reporting.
The Ukrainian authorities declared a state of chemical alert in western Ukraine in connection with the derailment of 15 goods carriages carrying yellow phosphorus of a train made up of 58 carriages. Following the accident, six carriages caught fire and sent harmful substances.