Morocco – Deadly Flash Floods in Taroudant Province

At least 7 people died in flash floods in Morocco on 28 August, 2019 after heavy rain in the south of the country. More people are feared missing and search and rescue teams are working in the area to find survivors.

Heavy rain caused a wadi (dry river) to flood in Taroudant Province, Souss-Massa Region, sending raging water through the village of Tizert. The sudden floods struck as a time many residents were watching a football game taking place close to the wadi. Videos shared on social media showed horrific scenes of raging waters dragging away people who had taken refuge on top of a building which collapsed under the force of the flood.

Flooding also affected other areas of the region. According to Moroccan News Agency (MAP), around 200 people have been displaced after floods damaged homes in Tata Province on 28 August.

Morocco’s National Meteorological Directorate had issued warnings for stormy weather in several provinces from 28 to 29 August.