Order has been restored in Bousalem, a district in the state of Jendouba – located in northwestern Tunisia - after riots flared-up in the region last night.
Our correspondent in the area reported that the police station of Bousalem was burned last night by a group of angry locals. The incident is thought to have been committed in protest of the government’s perceived inaction in addressing the critical situation facing the citizens of Bousalem following recent flooding.
The wave of severe flooding impacting the region has been reportedly caused by heavy rainfall and the release of water from dams located upstream on the river Majerda. According to TAP, the rise in water levels has been recorded at two meters.
The residents of Bousalem have claimed that the government has neglected their plight, particularly after access roads and highways leading to the province were cut off, leaving the town completely isolated from assistance.
TAP reported that since last Thursday the army has come to the aid of 545 people in Jendouba, extracting 60 stranded residents by helicopter.