Minister of the Interior, Local Authorities and National Planning Noureddine Bedoui has insisted, Monday, in the need for updating the national plan for the protection of cities against floods.
The floods which affected the city of Annaba on 24th and 25th January, due to heavy rainfall “require from us to consider the revision of the national plan for the protection of cities against the floods in order to update it,” said Bedoui, on a visit to the city.
Accompanied by Minister of Public Works and Transport Abdelghani Zaalane, and Minister of Water Ressources Hocine Necib, the interior minister followed a thorough presentation on the floods impacts on a number of neighborhoods.
“We came to Annaba with a strong message from President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Boueflika, recommending that we take the necessary measures and means to deal with the effects of these floods and avoid their repetition,” the minister added.
“All the problems raised will be taken care of gradually”.
“The first step will consist of emergency measures to be taken in the medium term and, as soon as the studies are carried out, the financial and material means will be mobilized to rehabilitate all that has been affected by the floods,” said Bedoui.
“It is necessary to learn from such floods to take into account the shortcomings observed in the execution of future projects,” he added.
A “medium and long-term working method” is necessary in order to assess and handle the observed deficiencies.
In the province of Annaba, a flood-arresting dam will be built in the region of Bouhedid.