Algerian cold spell leaves 29 dead
09 February 2012, 17:38
Algiers - A cold weather spell that has killed dozens of people in
Algeria has sparked strong press criticism of what it sees as the
government's poor response to the emergency situation.
latest tally compiled on Wednesday recorded 29 deaths as snowstorms,
hail and heavy rain had swept the north and east of the country.
Channel Three radio, quoting official sources on Thursday, said that 44
had died over the past week - 30 in road accidents and 14 by asphyxia
because of poor heating devices.
"Where are you mister
ministers?" the popular Ecchourouk newspaper asked on Thursday, accusing
them of spending more time on the upcoming May general elections than
dealing with relief for those caught out by the bitter weather.
"A catastrophe and no emergency relief to deal with it," wrote El-Khabar newspaper.
is the government waiting for to proclaim a state of emergency a week
after the start of the cold spell" that affects 20 of the country's 48
regions, it asked.
Newspapers also criticised a sudden increase
in food prices, along with that of gas bottles, used for heating, whose
price has been multiplied five- or six-fold.
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