Tunisia: five dead and two missing due to floods in several provinces

Floods in several provinces in Tunisia. Photo: Nessma TV

NEWSROOM (ADV) – The record of floods following torrential rains that ravaged several provinces of Tunisia in the evening of Wednesday to Thursday rose to five dead and two missing.

According to a first assessment confirmed by the spokesman of the Ministry of the Interior, Sofien Zaak, the first four deaths were recorded in the provinces of Sidi Bouzid (center), Kasserine, (center-west), Zaghouan (north-east) ) and Le Kef (northwest).

For the fifth death, he is a 35-year-old ranger drafted in the locality of Grombalia (Nabeul province, in the far north-east of the country), washed away by the one of the “wadis” (rivers) of the region, according to the regional director of Civil Protection, Lotfi Ben Alaya.

“The search operations started on Wednesday (…) the body was discovered this Thursday after huge efforts of the Civil Protection units given the high level of water,” said Alaya.

Following the severe weather, roads were cut down, some bridges and infrastructure damaged, isolated cities and some congested areas flooded with water, forcing the Tunisian authorities to evacuate civilians to collective shelters specially designed for this type of project disasters.

Two other ministers, Imed Hammami Health and Social Affairs Mohamed Trabelsi, will have the respective missions to ensure the delivery of the necessary humanitarian aid to the affected civilians and the affected areas as well as the evacuation of civilians with chronic diseases and providing regular care in public hospitals.

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