Bejaia- The Minister of Housing, Urban Planning and the City, Tarek Belaribi, revealed, today, Thursday, March 25th, 2021, that the necessary financial envelope has been allocated for the restoration of housing damaged by the earthquake that stuck the province of Bejaia last week.
As such, the Minister added, during his working and inspection visit, accompanied by a ministerial delegation in Bejaia, that housing units will be distributed within two months in Oued Ghir in the province.
In the same context, Mr. Belaribi referred to the huge efforts exerted by the Ministers of Energy and that of Water Resources to link housing units with water and electricity, stating that a census of the damaged buildings revealed 2,900 damaged units, varying from orange to red levels.
Noting that a ministerial delegation, made up of three ministers, are visiting Béjaïa on Thursday, a week after the strong earthquake that shook this province.
As such, the delegation consists of the Minister of Housing, Urban Planning and the City, Tarek Belaribi, Minister of Water Resources, Mustapha Kamel Mihoubi, in addition to Minister of Energy and Mines, Mohamed Arkab. Sonelgaz Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Chaher Boulakhras is part of the delegation.
During the visit, the Minister of Housing inspects the progress of a first program of 500 housing units for disaster victims.
For his part, the Head of Sonelgaz will inquire about the rate of progress of electricity and gas connections at the level of the urban pole as well as “the repair work undertaken in the aftermath of the strong earthquake”.
It is worth recalling that a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the Algerian coast last week as announced the Research Centre in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Geophysics (CRAAG) in a statement.
The epicenter was about 28 km northeast of Bejaia. The tremor occurred at a depth of about 10 km (6miles) and likely produced strong-to-moderate shaking at the epicenter. Moderate-to-light shaking took place in northern parts of Algeria, including Algiers, Setif, Constantine, and Annaba.
To this end, the quake was felt last Thursday at 1:04 am (GMT + 1) in Algeria, Spain, Italy and Tunisia.
The incident has not prompted any tsunami advisories.