Morocco floods kill 11 in bus accident

RABAT: At least 11 people were killed Sunday in Morocco after their bus was overturned by a flood in the kingdom’s south-east, authorities said. Rescue crews evacuated 27 passengers from the bus, including several injured, after it flipped over on a bridge by “flood waters” in El Khank, local officials said in a statement.

Members of the security forces search for bodies in the wreckage of bus at the banks of the Damchan river near the city of Errachidia, in southern Morocco following a flood-related accident that left at least six people dead, on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Search operations were ongoing, they said, adding that the evacuees had been transferred to hospital in the city of Errachidia. Morocco has been hit by violent storms this summer.

At the end of August, a flood hit a football pitch killing eight people in the southern region of Taroudant. And in July, 15 people were killed in a landslide caused by flash floods on a road south of Marrakesh.

Floods are common in the North African country. In 2014, they killed around 50 people and caused considerable damage. A study published in 2015 pointed to multiple failures in infrastructure maintenance, prevention, warning and emergency management. – AFP