AA / Algeria / Akasil Ouali
The heavy rains which fell in the north of Algeria, during the evening of Saturday, caused human and material damage.
The balance sheet of Algerian civil protection, made public at the beginning of the afternoon, reports one dead and one missing in the suburbs of the capital Algiers, where several neighborhoods were flooded.
It is, according to the same source, a woman, aged 58, whose vehicle was washed away by the waters of Oued (river) Saoula, 25 km from Algiers-center. According to the same source, the search operations for another woman, who was in the same vehicle, are still continuing.
“Our helpers, who carried out a search operation for two (02) missing persons, washed away by the floods of Oued Saoula, recovered, this morning, the body of a 58-year-old woman, while the operations searches for the second victim are continuing, ”said civil protection in a press release.
Still according to this first assessment, “09 people surrounded by rainwater were rescued in the municipalities of the Algerian suburbs, in this case Drarïa, Khraïssia, Bouzaréah and El Harrach”.
The significant amounts of rains that fell, in the space of a few hours, also caused flooding in several localities of Algiers, where entire cities were surrounded by water, submerged vehicles and cut roads.
“Several operations for draining rainwater and clearing vehicles were carried out in the communes of Bach Djerrah, Staoueli, El Biar, Belouizdad, Bir Mouard Raïs, El Mouradia, Birkhadem, Sidi Moussa, Kouba, Aïn Benïan, Eucalyptus, Ford of Constantine, Husseïn Dey, El Achour, Bab Ezzouar, and Ben Aknoun ”, adds the same source.
Civil protection elements also intervened to save 18 people and the pumping of rainwater infiltrated into homes and public buildings in 13 other wilayas (departments) in the north of the country. These are Oran, Chlef, Relizane, Blida, Tissemsilt (West), Boumerdes, Bouira, Tizi Ouzou (Center), Constantine, Sétif and Tébessa (East).
— Traffic jams and accidents
The same source also notes the intervention of its units following “6 partial collapses of false ceilings and exterior walls and precarious dwellings”. Caught off guard by the heavy rains, thousands of motorists suffered, according to their testimonies on social networks, to reach their homes.
“It took me over four hours to travel less than 10 km to get home. All the roads were flooded. The traffic jams were impressive, ”said one Internet user.
The hoppers built in the city center to facilitate traffic have been transformed, due to the heavy rains, into veritable open-air swimming pools. These bad weather also caused many traffic accidents causing at least one death and seven injuries in the wilaya of Mostaganem (West), according to civil protection.
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