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[Published: Thursday October 02 2008]

Deadly floods hit Algeria

Algiers , 3 Oct-(ANA)- Flashfloods have killed at least 29 people in Ghardaia, an Algerian oasis town inthe Sahara and a UN World Heritage site,officials have said.

Ali Belkhir, the head ofpublic health at the health ministry, said a further 84 people had beeninjured.

Interior Minister NoureddineYazid Zerhouni said up to 600 homes had been inundated.

The rains, which began onTuesday, have cut gas and electricity in Ghardaia.

The authorities say they havesaved numerous people by helicopter and are helping those who are injured.

Ghardaia is one of severalfortified Berber medieval settlements about 600 kilometres (375 miles) south ofthe capital, Algiers.

Mr Zerhouni also said foodstocks in the town - home to around 100,000 people - had been flooded andprobably made unfit to eat. (ANA)

FA/ANA/3 October 2008---

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