Two different worlds, side by side, in Moldova. One commune wants anti-hail rockets, the other rings the bells to drive away the clouds
Anti-hail missiles are grounds for enmity between two Moldovan communes. The locals from Codăeşti do their best not to be launched, on the grounds that it has not rained for weeks. They even threw stones at the employees of the centers. The villagers from Dobrovăţ, on the other hand, complain that their gardens were destroyed by ice because of their neighbors. The dispute will be settled in the courtroom.
What does not destroy the hail spoils the conspiracy theory. The villagers from Codăeşti, Vaslui, are convinced that the anti-hail missiles bring drought.
Local from Codăeşti: Look, Soleşti, Nicleşti, Chirceşti, as he was fed in Codăeşti, no. If the clouds come, there won’t be a drop of rain. Piu-piu, one by one.
Every time they see storm clouds in the sky, people gather at the rocket launch site at the edge of the village to prevent the launch.
Local: We have younger children and when it does, the children get scared and start crying.
Reporter: I understand people are protesting.
Local: Yes. Her husband was even fined for “prostitution” and was fined.
The villagers want to return to the traditional method of driving away the clouds – ringing the bells
Local from Codăeşti: When it got cloudy, people would go and ring the bell at the church and the clouds would scatter.
Reporter: Is that how you want it to be now?
Local from Codăeşti: Why not?
In vain, those who coordinated the anti-hail centers tried to explain to them that there was no risk of drought, only a high chance of damage.
Daniel Florea, program coordinator of the Antigrindina Center Iași: Scatter a cloud of silver iodide. Silver iodide plays the role of condensing iodide in the cloud. These condensing cores absorb all the moisture, which takes a long time to form a hail. When we launched the rocket, there were more beams in which we would have more small pieces and the amount of water.
How anti-hail missiles work
Clara Mihociu, Observatory reporter: The anti-hail launching point here, from Codăeşti, covers the localities within a radius of 10 kilometers. So we are talking about several communes that can be protected against hail, if they are used in time because a delay of even a few minutes in launching missiles can cause extreme damage.
Because of this, in the locality of Dobrovăţ from Iaşi, the hail has already destroyed the gardens and the crops.
Local Dobrovăţ: Where you see it is white, the ice has beaten. It was shaped like a bullet. I put the tarpaulin on the car and put a pot on my head. Destruction has come, all the trees have been destroyed, the crops have been destroyed, there is nothing left.
The locals from Dobrovăţ now want to claim damages from those from Codăeşti
Cătălin Martinuș, mayor of Dobrovăț: We will sue them because at least one formula for being held accountable must be found.
However, the villagers of Codăeşti are determined to continue protesting.
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