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Flooding kills five in snow-hit Algeria

ALGIERS, Jan 26, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – Algeria’s civil protection unit said
Saturday five people died after being swept away by flood waters as a cold
snap in the Maghreb brought snow to several of the country’s regions.

“All the victims have been retrieved over the last 48 hours after being
swept away by waters in Annaba, El Tarf, Tizi Ouzou and Tipaza,” the civil
protection body said. Salvage operations took place in more than 17 areas
and around 100 people have been rescued in the last 24 hours.

A total of 33 roads remain blocked in over 10 regions because of snow, the
civil protection unit said, adding “snow clearing operations are
progressing”.

Elsewhere in North Africa, neighbouring Tunisia’s interior ministry said
on Friday two people were killed by flooding and cold weather, after heavy
snowfall.

BSS/AFP/MSY/1824 hrs