(ANSAMed) - TUNIS, JULY 16 - Hundreds of Algerians have been
protesting repeated blackouts caused by the crushing heat wave
that has reached 50 degrees in some southern regions, and the
new government-built housing units continually being added to
the grid, sources said.
Hundreds of people, most of them young, took to the streets
in Beskra and El Kantara over the weekend, throwing stones and
Molotov cocktails as the police responded with tear gas,
resulting in several injuries and arrests.
The government is building 10 of 1000s of new housing units
throughout the country, but Sonelgas, the public power utility,
can't keep up with demand, sources said.
Paradoxically in this gas and hydrocarbon-rich country, the
repeated blackouts have led to an increase in hospitalizations
of food-poisoned children and adolescents, who got sick eating
from eating food left unrefridgerated too long. (ANSAMed).