Heavy rains inundated Tunis on the afternoon (local time) of Tuesday, September 18, causing flooding and consequent transportation disruptions. Traffic disruptions have been reported on Avenue Mohamed V and in Lafayette district, among other areas of the city. Metro rail transportation was also disrupted by the flooding, according to local sources. Lingering transportation disruptions are to be expected in the coming hours. Further rainfall is forecast in Tunis over the coming days, which may cause renewed flooding and associated transportation disruptions.
Individuals in Tunis are advised to monitor local weather reports, prepare for flooding-related transportation disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater and chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
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