Cold spell kills at least 44 in Algeria | The Jordan Times ALGIERS A cold weather spell has killed at least 44 people in Algeria over the past week... "What is the government waiting for to proclaim a state of emergency a week after the start of the cold spell" that affects 20 of the country's 48 regions, it asked. Newspapers also criticised a sudden increase in food prices, along with that of gas bottles, used for heating, whose price has been multiplied five or sixfold. A number of bakers have closed because of lack of flour, Channel Three radio said, while fuel and medicine were short in several parts of... The cause? Of course, it's global warming.