The drought in Romania is increasing in size. Authorities said it covers more than 70 percent of the country’s territory. On Friday, the Patriarchate of the Romanian Orthodox Church called on the faithful to pray for rain.
The appeal by the authorities of the autocephalous Orthodox Church is a consequence of the Thursday conference of the Romanian Minister of Environment, Water Management and Forestry, Tancos Barna, who announced that the country is experiencing an “unprecedented drought this time of year” and that heatwaves “appear earlier and earlier, even before summer” . Romanian authorities have informed that drought affects more than 70 percent of the country’s territory.
In a statement released to the media on Friday, the Patriarchate’s authorities explained that prayers for the rainfall are “absolutely necessary” in the current situation and should be “offered to God in a zealous manner.”
“They can be said both in temples and in the fields, so that God would send a calm rain for a good fruiting of the earth” – wrote the authorities of the Romanian Orthodox Church, specifying that Friday’s appeal is a “fatherly admonition” especially for the faithful living in drought-stricken regions of the country .
Farmers are fighting the locusts
When the drought takes its toll, locusts appear, explains biologist Adrian Bîlbă. Romania is also struggling with the locust scourge. The swarm has established itself in the Tulcea district, where it has so far destroyed hundreds of hectares of crops. It is possible that the phenomenon will also spread to other regions of the country.