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Flash Floods in Tunisia Leave Five Dead

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7Dnews London

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:02 GMT

Tunisia has witnessed for the second time in a month deadly floods in many areas and the capital that killed at least five people.

According to the latest toll of civil protection, the five dead, including a child, have been missing since Wednesday, a 39-year-old man in Kasserine region and a 6-year-old boy in Zaghwan. 

In some areas, the water rose to about two meters last night, sweeping homes and shops. 

In the rural town of Mahmudiya, 15 kilometers (20 miles) south of the capital, whole families spent their homes on Wednesday night on the roofs of their homes to escape the floods. 

As reported by AFP, mud in popular neighborhood reaches up to the knee. Residents tried to get out of their homes and save their few possessions. The floods swept away many cars. 

Residents have not been deterred by repeated floods in the last 15 years.

"This is the third time that this disaster has occurred," Abdul Aziz al-Kobi said. "Authorities are doing something but nothing is happening." 

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.



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