5 Dead, 16 Missing After Floods in Southern Morocco

Morocco news agency MAP are reporting that between three and five people have been killed and a further 16 are missing after floods in southern Morocco.

The flooding was caused by major storms across the south that began on Saturday worsened throughout Sunday. Heavy rain forced local wadis (rivers) to burst their banks. The rainfall amounts have been described by local authorities as “exceptional”.

WMO say that Errachidia saw 85 mm of rain yesterday and Agadir 80 mm in a 24 hour period between 22 and 23 November.

Severe weather warnings will remain in effect across southern parts of the country until late Monday 24 November at least.

Guelmim region is the worst affected area, although some reports say that the cities and surrounding areas of Agadir, Marrakech and Ouarzazate have also been affected.

Three of the victims died after a car was swept away in flood waters in a river near Bouizakarne in Guelmim province. A number of other people were involved in the incident and the search continues for those still missing.

File Photo: Floods after heavy rainfall in Guelmim, Morocco, last year. Photo:  jbdodane
File Photo: Floods after heavy rainfall in Guelmim, Morocco, last year. Photo: jbdodane