Weather: Snow in Algeria, deaths & controversy

Half of country dealing with blocked roads & blackouts

06 February, 14:33

(ANSAmed) - TUNIS, FEBRUARY 6 - Half of Algeria is still being held hostage by a wave of cold weather and snow which has hit the country over the last three days and which has taken many casualties (many caused by malfunctioning heaters and car accidents on icy roads). A controversy has erupted over what El Watan, a daily that is often critical of the authorities, is calling the "incredible inertia" of the government. According to the most recent news, the situation is critical in Kabylia and the plateau region, where, in the absence of aid from the authorities, people are dealing with a long-term lack of electricity and impassable roads. This is making it impossible for food and fuel to arrive to the local communities by car and generators. People are furious with the state, according to residents in isolated towns, which is only listening to complaints and doing nothing else. This is an exceptional situation (such low temperatures and snowfall have not been registered since 2005) requiring exceptional measures, which have not arrived, according to the public. (ANSAmed).

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