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Morocco: Tangier Experiences Massive Flooding

For the past few years, Morocco has been experiencing a significant drought. Unfortunately, recent rain storms have brought little relief, as Northern Morocco experiences massive flooding, claiming the lives of at least 13 people.

The View From Fez recently reported on the floods:

Thirteen people have been killed in northern Morocco after their homes collapsed in flash flooding caused by torrential rains.

The interior ministry said 11 were swept away by the floods in Driouch, Nador province, and two in Tangiers.

Around 20 homes have collapsed as a result of the floods and many remain submerged.


A Moro in America
posts videos from students at a Tangier high school, commenting:

The northern city's industrial district and other neighborhood were literally submerged by water during Thursday and Friday. Several deaths have been reported, especially amongst women and children. About a week ago, King M6 had ordered his ministers and governors to stay close to the affected cities and to be physically present at affected areas. So far, none of them have been spotted.

In the following video, students of Abdelkrim Lkhettabi High School can be seen struggling to leave to their homes with water up to their necks.

The Gulf nation of Qatar, which also recently sent flood aid to Yemen, has also supported Morocco, reports The View from Fez

In response to the Emiri directives issued by the Emir, H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar decided to send emergency aid to the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Yemen, an official source at the Foreign Ministry told The View from Fez These Emiri directives express Qatar's solidarity with Yemen and Morocco in order to help them face effects of the flood that recently hit the Hadramout Province in Yemen and Oujda city in Morocco.

5 comments

  • Martha Brummett

    Does “industrial district” mean that area on the Med coast on the road to Tetouan? East of new port but west of Jebel Musa?

  • Z

    I dont think so. I think they mean the industrial district in the south of the city, where the highway towards Rabat starts. (With the Scania dealer and stuff)

  • Yusuf

    Obviously this help and this money will disappear before getting to the the people and the places affected. Some minister, responsible and police who are corrupt will share the help.

  • tingismon

    The industrial district is on the east side of Tangier near Plaza de Toro. They buried the Portuguese River and built a new canal, but they obviously screwed up.
    Also the Oued el Ehud flooded in Dradeb since they basically built right over it. Dumb.

  • Martha Brummett

    Always dangerous to mess with a river mouth–New Orleans being the most drastic and poignant example recently.

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