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Weather: Working session to ensure urgent intervention and limit damage

Published the:  28/10/2019

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(TAP) - A ministerial working session was held on Monday in Kasbah to monitor the climate situation and weather disturbances that have occurred since Sunday evening, as well as the damage they have caused to infrastructure in several governorates across the country, according to the Facebook page of the Prime Ministry.

Presiding over the meeting, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed "gave instructions for emergency intervention to repair damaged roads and evacuate rainwater" that had invaded homes, stressing the need to increase the frequency of monitoring reports to better inform about weather changes.

He also affirmed the need to continue wadi clearing and waterways cleaning up.

Chahed also ordered the regional disaster response committees to remain in a state of meeting, calling on governors and delegates to provide the necessary support to disadvantaged families in mountainous and hard-to-reach areas and to ensure that people with special needs or chronic diseases are provided with transport to regional hospitals.

All human and material resources, including civil protection and road safety services, have been mobilised to cope with the bad weather and protect the lives of citizens, said Interior Minister Hichem Fourati.

He called on Tunisians to be vigilant and avoid unnecessary travel.

For his part, the Minister of Public Works, Housing and Spatial Planning, Noureddine Selmi, stressed the need to coordinate efforts to avoid the risk of flooding, especially since these rains will continue on Tuesday in the Sahel regions and on Wednesday in the south. (Médenine, Djerba).

Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, Samir Taieb, reiterated his call for vigilance, noting that the expected rainfall will be very intense and will fall in a short period of time.

He asserted the readiness of central and regional authorities to intervene in time to limit the damage, stressing that an emergency plan has been put in place to this end and that a medium- and long-term plan is also in place as these disruptions have become recurrent with climate change.

According to the National Institute of Meteorology, the weather disturbances are still expected on Monday evening and tomorrow, Tuesday October 29, 2019, with persistent rainstorm conditions over most regions, especially on the southeast and east coasts