Islamic Relief is supporting families who have been affected by severe flooding in Tunisia.

Heavy rainfall earlier this month caused the Oued Medjerda river and its tributaries to overflow and the area of Jendouba, in north west Tunisia, has been badly affected, with flood water reaching nearly two metres high.

Schools have been forced to close and families across the city had to climb on to the roofs of their homes for safety as the water level rose. The Tunisian government has evacuated families as more homes are expected to flood, and some 160 families sought refuge in a local school.

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A crisis committee has been formed to oversee efforts to help those affected. The government has provided blankets and food to families seeking refuge, but it was not enough to cover the needs.

Islamic Relief has distributed aid to 160 families.

Islamic Relief has distributed aid to 160 families.

Islamic Relief responded with the provision of food, water, hygiene kits, and blankets to 160 families.

The city has experienced severe flooding before. In February 2012, streets flooded, farms were destroyed and roads were blocked. Many people are still in debt after borrowing money to rebuild and refurnish their homes.

There was also extensive flooding in 1990, when more than 50 people died, and in 1969, when more than 500 people lost their lives.

Islamic Relief has been working in Tunisia since 2012, and continues to monitor the situation closely.