Thursday, September 15, 2011

Romania to Spend $1.3 Million to Unblock Danube River Traffic

Romania may spend about 4 million lei ($1.3 million) to unblock traffic on the Danube River as water levels have dropped in recent days, theTransport Ministry said.

The ministry asked the government to approve the allocation of funds to “remove the risk situation” from the Danube, without elaborating on the procedures, according to an e-mailed statement today from the Bucharest-based ministry. More than 250 ships are blocked in different ports, it said.

A lack of rain has reduced water levels to about 2,400 cubic meters a second, compared with the usual volume of 3,800 cubic meters at this time of year, according to the country’s water supervisory agency. Water levels are expected to continue to decline until Sept. 21, the agency said.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: James M. Gomez at

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