10/3/11 (AEIN) Significant flooding struck the Algerian province of El-Bayadh during the weekend. The official death toll has increased to nine, the state-run press agency reported on Sunday. The country's Interior Minister traveled to El-Bayadh the next day.
While visiting the province, Daho Ould Kablia stated that the government would begin "management" of the damage within one week. He also said that special committees had already begun working to assess damage in the area, the press agency reported on Monday.
The flooding began on Saturday. El-Bayadh province is located in the northwestern part of Algeria, yet it remains distant from the Mediterranean Sea or the Moroccan border. Although strong earthquakes have hit northern Algeria in the past, it is not known for flooding.
A large country in North Africa, Algeria has a long coastline on the Mediterranean. Aside from some mountainous areas and the coast, deserts cover much of Algeria. Following the independence of South Sudan, it became the largest nation in Africa.