Flash floods in Tunisia leave five dead, two missing

Numerous roads across Tunisia have become impassable after heavy rains. (AFP)
Updated 19 October 2018
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Flash floods in Tunisia leave five dead, two missing

  • The drownings come less than a month after torrential rains killed at least five people in the country's northeastern region
  • People have lashed out at the authorities for failing to maintain drainage systems or clear rubbish from seasonal riverbeds

TUNIS: Flash flooding in Tunisia has killed at least five people while a further two are unaccounted for, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

Two died in the Kef region in the northwest and another in Grombalia in the north, said ministry spokesperson Sofiene Zaag.

On Wednesday, a six-year-old child drowned in Sidi Bouzid in central Tunisia and a 40-year-old man was swept away by a seasonal river in the neighboring province of Kasserine, the ministry said.

One person has been missing since Wednesday in Kasserine and another in Zaghouan in northeastern Tunisia, Zaag added.

The drownings come less than a month after torrential rains killed at least five people in the northeastern region of Cap Bon.

Water levels have risen in several cities, including Tunis and its outskirts, where most schools were closed on Thursday.

Some commuters parked their cars and took off their shoes as they navigated flooded routes to work in the capital.

Schools also remained closed in Kasserine, Sidi Bouzid and several other affected areas.

The Interior Ministry urged drivers to take care, as numerous roads across the country are impassable.

People have lashed out at the authorities for failing to maintain drainage systems or clear rubbish from seasonal riverbeds, despite frequent heavy rains in the autumn.


Yemeni army recaptures Wadi Al-Tamm and Al-Saif mountains in Saada

Updated 21 January 2019
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Yemeni army recaptures Wadi Al-Tamm and Al-Saif mountains in Saada

  • Yemeni soldiers recaptured the strategic mountains of Wadi Al-Tamm and Jabal Al-Saif after clashes with the Houthis
  • Another seven militants were killed in a Yemeni army bombing

DUBAI: Yemen’s army reclaimed strategic mountain ranges in the Kitaf district in the northern Saada province from Houthi militants on Sunday night, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.

Yemeni soldiers recaptured the strategic mountains of Wadi Al-Tamm and Jabal Al-Saif after clashes with the Houthis, which left six militants dead, according to a military statement issued on Yemen’s official news agency.

Elsewhere in Saada, seven Houthis - including leaders - were killed in a Yemeni army bombing in Ash-Shami front.

“The shelling targeted a Houthi operation room, were a number of leaders were present for a meeting,” a Yemeni military source added.