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08 Sep 2020 | 04:39 PM UTC

Algeria: Heavy rain and flooding causes overland disruption in Algiers and across the country September 8

Algeria News Alert

Flooding causes disruption in Algiers and other urban centers on September 8; monitor weather alerts

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/8/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/15/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Algiers). COUNTRY/REGION Algeria, Algiers


Torrential rain and flooding has led to overland disruption in the capital Algiers and other urban centers on Tuesday, September 8. According to media sources, several weeks' worth of rain, including torrential rain in the last 24 hours between Monday, September 7, and Tuesday, has caused water and debris to block roads. The Civil Protection services are continuing efforts to reopen roads and tunnels closed due to flooding, with teams mobilized in ten locations in Sidi M'hamed, Bir Mourad Rais, Gue de Constantine, Cheraga, and Hussein Dey, working to reopen roads in Algiers province. Houses have been flooded and buildings in some areas are reportedly at risk of collapsing. At least three people across the country have been killed in flood-related incidents in September. The worst-affected areas in Algiers province reportedly include Ain Naadja, Ben Aknoun, Bir Khadem, Hassiba Ben Bouali Street, and Hussein Dey, as well as Garidi 1 and Garidi 2 in Kouba. Reports suggest that Batna, Oum El Bouaghi, and Tébessa provinces have also been affected.

Further rainfall and resulting flooding is expected to cause additional disruptions to transportation, business, and utilities.  


Those in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disurptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, including evacuation orders. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.


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