If there is an urgent need today, it is certainly the rehabilitation of the infrastructure of the capital and other major cities of the country. A national plan should be put in place imperatively to avoid the scenes of disaster observed yesterday. Because the situation has become absolutely insupportable for the citizens as for the authorities, and the fed-up is general.
One wonders what the different decision-makers who have succeeded each other at the head of the State have been doing in recent years. Was it not urgent to solve infrastructure problems and prevent human and material damage? Do we face a situation of total incapacity to improve the daily lives of Tunisians or is it an inadmissible laxity and neglect? In these dramatic and catastrophic circumstances for citizens, have the authorities prepared for climate change? So many questions and questions that are needed in search of clear answers and operational solutions, facing the umpteenth episode of a long serial about a failed infrastructure and unable to withstand precipitation that should be, however, beneficial. A long serial which, unfortunately, the end is not planned for tomorrow. Yesterday, under the heavy and torrential rains causing floods in several governorates of the Republic, Tunisians were deprived of moving, going to work or studying, others were even prevented from going to hospitals or traveling, and for some of them, it was downright nightmare.
Following an abundant rainfall, floods were recorded yesterday, especially in several cities and districts of Greater Tunis where the situation refers to a real natural disaster context: cut roads, transport disrupted, citizens in distress, collapse With roads and cars swept away by the waters, the situation is summed up, marking new dark and painful scenes whose citizens are the main victims. But until the writing of these lines, it is only material damage recorded, especially in the governorate of Ariana, La Soukra, Borj Louzir and also Ksar Said, or Monastir that have been reported, no Fortunately, human loss is regrettable.
Means of transport out of service
Indeed, it is the capital Tunis and the other cities of Greater Tunis that have been particularly affected by these bad weather and floods causing a situation of total paralysis induced by the interruption of virtually all public transport lines. Indeed, it is in particular the lines of the National Society of Tunisian Railways (Sncft) that were blocked, to remind us once again of the fragility of the infrastructure.
The traffic of passenger trains on the main lines and those of the suburbs of Tunis was blocked at the entrance of the Tunis station because of the increase of the water level, announced the company. The station of Jbel Jloud was the point of departure and arrival of some lines still operational.
Same image at the Transport Company of Tunis (Transtu), all metro lines connecting the capital to several peripheries were blocked, same for the Tunis-La Goulette-La Marsa railway line (TGM). The communication officer at the Tunis Transport Company, Mohamed Chamli, told our newspaper that this interruption occurs mainly following the rise in water levels on the lines of the gear. « The service will resume if we observe a decline in stormwater levels, we are monitoring the situation closely, it is the safety of travelers that prevails because the situation is complicated, » he said. Mohamed Chamli also pointed out that the bus traffic of the Transtu is more or less regular with the exception of areas that have been flooded.
Civil protection and equipment on the warpath
Not only the means of transport and the lines of trains and subways, the road traffic has been considerably affected by this very delicate meteorological situation, announced however by the services of the National Institute of Meteorology (INM). It is the streets of the capital Tunis and other cities of Greater Tunis that have been blocked by rainwater, motorists have been forced to turn back. Rainwater, which has reached 100 mm in some neighborhoods, has also entered homes. Indeed, the significant amounts of rains that have fallen in recent hours on Greater Tunis have caused many disturbances on the roads. These rains have caused huge traffic jams and blockages on many arteries that paralyze road traffic.
A situation that obviously required