Rumanian President Nicolae Ceausescu has pledged that Rumania will achieve its current economic targets despite recent severe flood damage that has cost the nation millions of pounds sterling and made thousands homeless.
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Background: Rumanian President Nicolae Ceausescu has pledged that Rumania will achieve its current economic targets despite recent severe flood damage that has cost the nation millions of pounds sterling and made thousands homeless.
The Rumanian leader told a rally at Sueava near the Soviet border that the calamities would not divert his Government from fulfilling the current five-year-plan ahead of schedule. He also announced a package of austerity measures to meet the crisis.
The harvest has been a major casualty of the flooding with the President touring the provinces to inspect damage to industry and agriculture.
While the Rumanian Communist Party Central Committee met this week to discuss the economy, a major rescue operation to save the vital grain harvest continued.
Troops and farmers have been joined by factory workers and bikiniclad girls from the cities to salvage the soaking grain from the fields.
And although President Ceausescu has lifted the thirteen-day state of emergency the crisis measures remained in force in areas bordering the swollen River Danube.
These were the worst floods to hit the country since 1970 when 200 people died. So far the Government has not mentioned how many people may have died in the latest catastrophe. But the casualty toll reported so far is small.
Meanwhile Rumanian Government officials have opened talks with United States' representatives on buying grain from America.
The harvests have produced poor yields for the past two years and President Ceausescu is determined to ensure the people will have sufficient grain supplies to see them through until next year.
SYNOPSIS: Rumania -- where flood waters from the River Danube have cost the country millions of pounds sterling and made thousands homeless. But despite the enormous toll to the harvest and industry, Rumanian President Nicolae Ceausescu has pledged the nation will achieve its current economic targets.
The flood waters demolished bridges, homes, factories and farms and led to the Government declaring a thirteen-day state-of-emergency.
But crisis measures are still in force in areas bordering the swoller River Danube, while a major operation to save the vital grain harvest continues.
Houses can be re built -- but President Ceausescu is determined that the people should have sufficient grain supplies to see them through until next year. Talks between his government and United States officials have already opened in the capital, Bucharest, on the buying of grain from America. For the past two years the harvests have produced poor yields which followed the 1970 floods when two hundred people died.
How many people have died in the latest catastrophe is still not clear. But the casualty toll reported so far is small.
The Government is taking precautions in case the heavy rains return. Thousands of people have been called in to re-enforce dams and river banks. While soldiers and farmers have been joined by factory workers and bikini-clad girls from the cities to salvage the soaking grain from the fields. President Ceausescu has also announced a round of austerity measures including price increases for a wide range of goods linked to small compensatory wage increases.
Despite the disaster, he wants farming and industrial losses replaced by the end of the year.