Hundreds die in Algeria floods

Two hundred and thirty-five people have been killed and hundreds injured in severe floods in northern Algeria.

Two hundred and thirty-five people have been killed and hundreds injured in severe floods in northern Algeria.

Authorities say violent winds and torrential rain collapsed buildings and flooded roads.

In the capital Algiers, muddy waters rushed through city streets and several buildings in one of the city's poorer sections crumbled to the ground.

At least 250 people were injured, the nation's Civil Protection Authority said.

Traffic came to a standstill as roads became impassable because of high waters, felled trees and debris.

Telephone lines were cut and after heavy winds uprooted electricity cables, utility provider Sonelgaz cut power to a number of areas to lower the risk of electrocution.

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