Heavy rains, floods kill 8 in southern Algeria

AFP , Sunday 2 Oct 2011

At least eight people died in Heavy rains and floods that hit southern Algeria

Heavy rains and floods striking southern Algeria have left eight people dead, including a three-year-old who was swept away by an overflowing river, officials said.

Selim Semmoudi, a regional official in El Bayadh, 700 kilometres (435 miles) south of the capital Algiers, told local radio that two others are still considered missing.

Rescue workers have found the bodies of three people carried away by an overflowing river, including the three-year-old and two others under-18, Algeria's civil protection agency said.

Heavy rains have battered several areas in southern Algeria since Friday, destroying several bridges amid other heavy infrastructural damage. Algeria's national weather office issued a further storm warning for Sunday, indicating that parts of the south will likely be hit by strong winds.

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