More than 60 people were drowned and 40 missing after torrential rain unleashed violent floods which swept through Tunisia on October 31.
1. AV Houses devastated by floodwater 0.16
2. GV & PAN Flooded square in town centre 0.23
3. GV PAN Cars and trucks stranded in flooded streets (2 shots) 0.41
4. GV Body on stretcher being carried to helicopter 0.47
5. SV Ambulance 0.48
6. GV PAN Bodies of animals drowned in floodwater 0.59
7. GV ZOOM TO SV People clearing out debris from houses (3 shots) 1.20
8. GVs Flood damage to buildings and streets (3 shots) 1.42
9. AV People walking through devastated street 2.01
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Background: ZAGHOUAN/MAHDIA, TUNISIA
More than 60 people were drowned and 40 missing after torrential rain unleashed violent floods which swept through Tunisia on October 31. The official Tunisian News Agency TAP reported that the southern town of Sfax and the surrounding area had been declared a disaster zone after 20 millimetres (eight inches) of rain fell in 36 hours. According to the Interior Ministry 40 are dead and 40 missing in that region. At Zaghouan in the north, 20 people were reported dead and 1,500 livestock drowned in the raging waters. The floods also swept away dozens of vehicles as rivers broke their banks and inundated the are. The devastation has also left hundreds homeless. The Tunisian authorities have appealed to international agencies for 5,000 tents and 10,000 blankets to provide emergency aid for victims.