Authorities in the southern Romanian county of Dolj are on high alert after measurements of Danube levels in the region showed some villages there risk to become completely covered by water, according to an Interior Ministry announcement on Friday.

The Health Ministry also announced measures to prevent an epidemic in the flood-affected counties.

Authorities have continued to evacuate people from several townships in the county of Dolj, the hardest stricken area along the Romanian banks of river Danube. But for the first time in many days Interior minister Vasile Blaga did not provide today an updated account of displaced people or damages produced by flood.

Ministers in Bucharest have expressed concern that many people were refusing to leave their homes despite guarantees their goods are well guarded. Many evacuees were returning home after three nights of unconfirmed warnings that the flooding of villages in Dolj was imminent.