Thick snow cuts traffic in Algeria

Several villages and provincial roads in the northern part of Algeria are cut off  due to heavy snowfall. Thousands of people stranded in the snow covered National road No.1, the most important road in Algeria, which connects the northern part of the country to its southern region.

Self-help group, military and firefighting troops are deployed to clear snow and free hundreds of cars trapped for hours in several areas.

They also provide food and other assistance to the most isolated villages.

Weather forecasters have sent out warnings as temperatures are expected to drop below zero degrees Celsius in some areas.