Satu-Mare County, Romania, May 20, 2021
A short but torrential downpour on May 13 caused the most severe flooding in 20 years in northern Romanian Satu-Mare County, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate their homes.
Over 1,000 households were affected, and hundreds of livestock were lost.
To help alleviate the suffering, the Diocese of Maramureș of the Romanian Orthodox Church is providing significant humanitarian aid to the victims and has committed to building houses for the most affected families, reports the Basilica News Agency.
Archimandrite Casian Filip of the diocese’s social-philanthropic department met with clergy and local authorities on Monday to decide what kind of support to offer the victims. In particular, the diocese has provided food and 800 pairs of shoes for flood victims and will build four houses in Hurezu Mar and Rătești. Criteria was established for selecting the most affected families and determining what kind of help each family needs.
The diocese will also provide construction materials for victims in another town.