Algeria

Algeria - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 7

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2001/0243
OCHA Situation Report No. 7
Algeria - Floods
26 November 2001

This report summarises information received from the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Algiers, Algeria.

Situation:

1. Sixteen days after the devastating floods that hit northern Algeria, the latest provisional toll announced by the Algerian authorities reached 751 people killed, out of which 700 deaths in Algiers alone. 170 persons are still missing. In total, floods may have affected up to 10,000 families (40,000 to 50,000 persons).

2. The fifty other deaths were reported in the wilayas of Chlef (13), Tipasa (11), Relizane (09), Tiaret (05), Tlemcen (04), Mascara (03), Aïn-Témouchent (02), Mostaganem (01), Oran (02) and one in Tizi-Ouzou.

3. Of the 48 existing Wilaya in Algeria (1,541 communes), 12 were particularly affected by floods. A total of 73 communes were affected, out of which 56 seriously affected. An exhaustive list was provided by authorities:

Chlef : 15 communes seriously affected : El Marsa, Moussadek, Héranfa, Ténès, Sidi Abderrahmane, Dahra, Talassa, Bouzghaia, Taougrit, Tadjena, Breira, Oued Goussine, Sidi Akkache, Zeboudja, Abou El Hassan.

Tlemcen : 11 communes partially affected : Tlemcen, Sebdou, El Ghazaouet, Sidi Djilali, Beni Senous, Terni, Ben Sekrane, Maghnia, Aïn Ghouraba, Aïn Tounane, Aïn Talout.

Tizi-Ouzou : 2 communes seriously affected : Tigzirt, Azzefoun ; 5 communes partially affected : Mezrana, Akkerou, Iflicen, Aït Chaffa Aghrib.

Algiers : 7 communes seriously affected : Bab-El-Oued, Oued Koriche, Bouloghine, Raïs Hamidou, Hammamet, Aïn Bénian, Bouzaréah ; 4 communes partially affected : Dély Ibrahim, El-Biar, La Casbah, Alger-Centre.

Saïda : 5 communes seriously affected : Saïda, Aïn Hadjer, El Hassasna, Ouled Khaled, Aïn Skhouna.

Mostaganem : 1 commune seriously affected : Sidi Bellater ; 10 communes partially affected : Mostaganem, Aïn Nouissi, Forkala, El Hassaine, Aïn Boudinar, Kheïreddine, Seyada, Sidi Lakhdar, Achacha, Sour.

Mascara : 12 communes seriously affected : Mamounia, Aïn Farès, El Matmar, El Goumri, Bouhnifia, El Gaâda, Bouhani, Sidi Abdeldjabar, Oued El Abtal, Gherrous, Sidi Abdelmoumen, Aïn Frass.

Oran : 1 commune seriously affected : Sidi Chahmi ; 9 communes partially affected : Arzew, Gdyel, Bettioua, Mers El Hadjadj, Oued Tlilat, El Braya, Aïn Turk, El Ancer, Mers El Kébir.

Boumerdès : 1 commune seriously affected : Cap Djenet. 1 commune partially affected : Zemmouri.

Tipasa : 4 communes seriously affected : Sidi Ghilès, Damous, Aghbal, Béni Melik.

Aïn Defla : 3 communes seriously affected : Tacheta, El Abadia, Aïn Bouyahia. 31 communes partially affected : Khemis Méliana, Sidi Lakhdar, Bathia, El Hasnia, Belaâs, Djelida, Bourached, Djemaâ Ouled Chikh, Aïn El Achiakh, Oued El Djemaâ, Aïn Soltane, Bourdj Amir Khaled, Tarek Ibn Ziad, Bir Ould Khelifa, Aïn Defla, Rouina, Almaine, Zedine, Hammam Righa, Aïn Torki, Aïn El Bénian, El Attouf, Tibrikatine, Méliana, Ben Allal, El Amra, Arib Mekhatris, Djendel, Bir Bouche, Oued El Chorafa.

Relizane : 5 communes seriously affected : Hamri, Sidi Khettab, Bellasel, Ouarizane, Ouled Sidi Mihoub.

4. Search and rescue operations have ended with the departure of main international teams (up to 80 persons from France, Morocco and Tunisia coordinated by the Algerian Civil Protection). Operations to clean the city continue. So far, more than 1,1 million m3 of mud have been removed from the worst affected district. According to media, at least 800.000 m3 are still to be removed from small streets, cellars and basements.

5. Teams specialized in epidemics are assessing the worst affected areas and have reported no danger of water-borne diseases.

6. Many roads are still impassable, particularly in Algiers, Blida, Relizane, Chlef, Tebessa and Oran. So far, more that 6,120 houses have been assessed in Algiers (out of which 2,749 are not anymore habitable). Some 335 vehicles and 240 commercial premises were reported damaged by floods. In total, the provisional evaluation of damage reaches DZD 50 billion (approx. USD 670 million).

7. Thirty-seven schools are closed in the districts of Bab El Oued and Bouzareah.

National response

8. A Government council meeting was held on 19 November to take stock of the current situation of assistance.

9. Some 1,172 affected families were relocated. Some 21 schools are still occupied by 846 families, where living conditions are difficult (overcrowded, lack of water and sanitary facilities).

10. Already 279 families have received cash advances on death compensation and more will soon received the total sum: DZD 700,000 (approx. USD 9,300). Another 112 families benefited from compensation for loss of houses (DZD 200,000, approx. USD 2,680).

International response

11. Contributions reported to OCHA since Situation Report N°6 are the following:

DONOR
ITEM
Value in USD
Sweden
Cash donation DZD 8 million to Swedish Red Cross for the purchase of water purification equipment
Approx. USD 107,152
France
Relief flight (tents, blankets, cloths) from NGOs, associations and privates.
Not specified
Qatar
121 tons of pharmaceutics, food, tents and blankets.
Not specified

12. UNICEF is providing emergency humanitarian aid amounting to USD 220,000. The aid will be distributed in the form of medicine, vaccine and medical equipment to help those affected by the floods. UNICEF will also provide cooking equipment, infants'blankets and winter clothing and boots for children. The agency plans to provide psychological counselling and set up educational and recreational facilities for traumatised children.

13. UNDP is planning to make available USD 100,000 for the rehabilitation of basic economical activities (local handicraft) in Algiers area. The Ministry of Social Action and National Solidarity is preparing the inventory list of recipients of assistance.

14. The total amount of contributions so far recorded/reported to OCHA is of USD 3 million.

15. OCHA is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions to be used for immediate relief assistance, in coordination with relevant organizations in the United Nations system. For banking details please contact the desk officers indicated below. OCHA provides donor governments with written confirmation and pertinent details concerning the utilization of the funds contributed

16. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA Geneva, as indicated below, on relief missions/pledges/contributions and their corresponding values by item.

17. OCHA is in close contact with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Algeria and will revert with further information, as it becomes available.

18. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int

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