Morocco – Streets of Rabat Flooded After 100mm of Rain in a Few Hours

A storm in Morocco, on Thursday, 23 February 2017 dumped over 100 mm of rain in just a few hours, causing flooding in the neighbouring cities of Rabat and Salé.

Photos on social networks showed flooded streets lined with abandoned cars. Traffic was severely disrupted as was public transport, including the train and tram network. Some houses, businesses and schools were also damaged by the flood water, although no injuries or fatalities were reported.  Local media reports claim that parts of Salé suffered the worst of the flooding.

A local commentator told FloodList that the recent floods highlighted the capital’s poor infrastructure and the government’s failure to keep the drainage systems operational.

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Flood Summary

Last updated: March 1, 2017
Event
Rabat, Morocco, February 2017
Date
February 23 to February 23, 2017
Type
Urban flood, Flash flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
Heavy rain fell in Rabat, Morocco on Thursday 23 February 2017 causing localised flash flooding. Most of the rain likely fell between 1000 - 1600 UTC and was associated with localised convection within slow moving storm cells.

Locations

A - Rabat, Morocco (Morocco)
B - Salé (Morocco)

Magnitude

Rainfall level
119 mm in 24 hours
Rabat, Morocco - February 23 to February 24, 2017