Morocco – Torrential Rain Causes Floods in Tetouan and Chefchaouen Provinces

Torrential rainfall between Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February caused flooding in areas of northern Morocco, in particular in the Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region, including the provinces of Tetouan and Chefchaouen.

In the harbour city of Larache, Larache province, 99 mm of rainfall was recorded in 24 hours between 20 and 21 February. In Tangier, around 29 mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 21 February.

The city of Tetouan recorded 22.1 mm in 24 hours on 20 February and 25.9 mm the next day. Roads were blocked and the flooding caused major traffic disruption. Residents criticised the city’s drainage system for its inability to cope. Some damage to buildings was also reported in both provinces of Tetouan and Chefchaouen.

There are also unconfirmed reports that a woman drowned in a remote area of Tetouan province after a group she was travelling with became trapped by the flood water.

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