Hundreds of troops, engineers and social workers have converged on the desert town of Ghardaia to help with relief operations after a flash flood there killed 33, Algeria's Interior Ministry said Friday.

Floods have killed at least 29 people in the Algerian oasis town of Ghardaia in the Sahara, the government of the north African country said on Thursday.

An interior ministry statement added that 48 people had been injured and one person had gone missing since heavy rains began on Tuesday around the town on the northern edge of the Sahara desert, the official APS state news agency reported.

Opec president Chakib Khelil warned on Sunday that oil prices will continue to rise because of the falling dollar, in an interview in the Algeria-News. "The price of oil will rise again in the coming weeks. We have to follow the evolution of the dollar, because a 1% fall in the dollar means four dollars more on the price of oil,' Khelil, who is Algeria's minister of energy and mines, told the independent daily.

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