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Nabeul-Weather: "Situation under control gradually, but caution is imperative" (Youssef Chahed)

Published the:  22/09/2018

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(TAP) – Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said on Saturday evening that the situation in the governorate of Nabeul, after the very heavy rainfall, stabilises "but caution is imperative".

"All the reinforcements have been sent to the governorate and the Committee for fight against disaster remains permanently mobilised while other committees are gathered in the governorates of Sousse, Monastir and Mahdia where cloudy disturbances are expected," Chahed told media after a visit to the operations centre of the National Office of Civil Defence in Tunis.

He said that "important work is waiting for everyone after these climatic disturbances accompanied by heavy rains, especially in the governorate of Nabeul", adding that the national army forces have intervened in several areas of the governorate and accommodation centres were provided to local people victims of this disaster.

"The clearing and damage assessment will start on Sunday and we have mobilised everyone to deal with this difficult situation," he added. The Prime Minister hoped that "the worst was overcome in the governorate of Nabeul" and that the traffic will be restored in the coming hours.

For his part, Agriculture Minister Samir Taieb, who was accompanying the Prime Minister and the ministers of interior and local affairs and environment, said the floods "are no problem at the dams ".

"There is no problem and the reduction of surplus quantities is done by dumping them towards the sea," he told TAP.

During the visit, Head of the National Civil Defense Office, Moez Dachraoui, briefed the Prime Minister on the situation in Nabeul governorate, saying that "it is gradually improving and the traffic in the city center will soon return to normal."

He also confirmed that the floods caused a casualty in the locality of Takelsa while reinforcements were dispatched throughout the governorate which recorded Saturday morning a record of 197 millimeters of rainfall