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    Death of Flood Victims Raises Concern Over Obsolete Rainwater Drainage

    By Houda Mzioudet | Nov 15 2012 Share on Linkedin Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on pinterest Print

    Tags: Civil protection , drainage , floods , Greater Tunis , hail storms ,

    Tunis Carthage International Airport affected by Tuesday torrential rains on November 13 (Source: Facebook)

    Four people died and another four were injured as a result of severe flooding  on Tuesday night. The areas affected were greater Tunis as well as the governorates of Zaghouan, Siliana, and Bizerte.

    Of the victims, three were electrocuted, and a young woman died as she was carried away by the floods. The Tunisian fire fighters service announced the death of the flood’s four victims on Al Wataniya TV yesterday.

    The deaths occurred as torrential rains struck northern Tunisia on Tuesday night, continuing until yesterday afternoon.

    The floods caused significant, physical damage to infrastructure, disrupted highway traffic, and cut power and water lines. The Greater Tunis light metro service was also interrupted, which created chaos for regular commuters.

    The northern Tunis suburbs of La Marsa and Le Kram were inundated. In addition, the Tunis-Carthage International Airport was submerged in rainwater to the point that access to the airport and its parking lot was impossible.

    By today at noon, the weather had cleared up.

    The National Institute of Meteorology issued a weather alert on its website on Tuesday for a second storm to strike Wednesday and Thursday with intense, thundery showers. Rainfall exceeding 40 mm in the northern and central governorates of the country as well as the eastern coast was recorded. Strong winds of between 60 to 80 km per hour blew near the coasts. Some hail storms were also observed yesterday in the northeastern Cap Bon peninsula.

    During a press conference at the Prime Ministry on Tuesday, Mohamed Guesmi, director of the urban waters administration in the Ministry of Equipment and Housing, explained the different measures that the ministry took in preparation for the rainy season.

    Looking forward, he stressed the need to carry out maintenance of Tunisia’s rainwater drainage systems, clean sewers, and repair damages caused by torrential rain and stagnant waters.

    Najib Ben Cheikha, the ministry’s assistant director, argued on Radio Kalima that the out-of-date rainwater drainage system – non-existent in certain neighborhoods – was the main cause for the floods.

    He explained as well that the disposal of construction debris and public waste contributed to blockage in sewers. For Ben Cheikha, the responsibility over rainwater drainage lies on the shoulders of several parties, including municipalities.

    For their part, various civil protection units are monitoring the situation in affected areas since Tuesday.

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    1. angela /

      Sometimes the Media uses representative pictures, the article is about people dying and the stresses of dealing with so much rain and floods, which i assume is correct. I hope they find some resolution so that no more deaths or loss occur

    2. noura /

      who cares about the picture? the content is accurate.

      these are the simple things that the government should prioritize, instead of talking all day about islamism liberalism democracy. we need engineers, that act. notonly talk

    3. Maynard /

      bonsoir Je souffle mes 22 bougies dans un mois : je ne fait pas de retenue
      à ce sujet !
      Ici Jessamine
      Ce que je fais dans la vie: pilote de ligne ! Il est dit de moi que
      je semble cool.

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