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.


Iran executes nurse convicted of murdering boy

Updated 1 min 56 sec ago
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Iran executes nurse convicted of murdering boy

TEHRAN: Iran has executed a nurse convicted of murdering a six-year-old boy, the judiciary’s official news agency reported on Sunday.
The woman was found guilty of carrying out the murder in June 2016 while working for the boy’s grandmother at her home in Kelardasht city, in the northern province of Mazandaran.
The nurse was sentenced to death a year later.
She confessed to the premeditated murder and said she did it out of “anger,” the prosecutor said, quoted on Sunday by the Mizan Online news agency.
“The verdict was finalized as it was not appealed,” the prosecutor added.
The executed woman was not identified in the report. She was in her early 40s.
Iran does not publish official statistics on the number of people it executes.
But according to Amnesty International, while secretive China is the world’s “leading executioner,” Iran had the highest known figure in 2018 with at least 253 people put to death, down from 507 in 2017.