Floods resulting from heavy rains that fell on western Algeria on Saturday claimed the lives of eight people, according to a Civil Protection statement on Sunday, quoted by AFP.
Eight people were swept away by rainwater in the states of Tlemcen and El Bayadh.
In the state of Tlemcen (northwest), the bodies of two women and two men, aged between 22 and 73 years, were recovered on Sunday, according to Civil Protection, which indicated that four victims were on board a vehicle that was swept away by the waters of the Oued Dalia River.
In El Bayadh (southwest), four others, three women and a man, died after their vehicle was swept away by the waters of the Oued Chadli River.
On Friday, the National Meteorological Agency issued a special bulletin predicting thunderstorms in several areas in northern Algeria starting Saturday, with an amount of rain that could exceed 40 mm within 24 hours.