Floods paralyze Western Sahara

EL AYOUN (AFP, 24/12/05) - The region of El Ayoun, capital of Western Sahara, is practically paralyzed and isolated from the south of Morocco due to the torrential rains which fell there at the beginning of the week, we learned Saturday from corroborating sources.
Many roads are cut in particular, we learn from the same sources.

Residents of El Ayoun whose homes were flooded, according to images broadcast by 2M television, on Saturday called on the authorities to act to provide them with assistance and end the region's isolation.

“I lost all my belongings, I don't know where to go with my children,” said a stay-at-home mother, criticizing the authorities' lack of interest in the plight of the inhabitants.

Torrential rains fell on Tuesday and Wednesday in this part of the Sahara, whose climate is however arid throughout the year.

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