Morocco : Floods kill at least 24 in an underground factory
At least 24 people died after heavy rain flooded an illegal underground textile workshop in a private house in Morocco’s port of Tangiers, the state news agency reported on Monday. Rescue workers recovered 24 bodies from the property and rescued 10 survivors, who were taken to hospital. A search of the premises was ongoing.
Local news outlets indicated that some of the victims may have been electrocuted as the incoming water clashed with power facilities, but there was no immediate confirmation of those reports. Morocco has experienced heavy rains in recent weeks, after a long period of drought.
Poorly maintained drainage systems often exacerbate flooding in cities. 10 people were rescued from the workshop. The workshop was located underneath a private house in the coastal city of Tangiers. Government officials said that 25 people had died, 17 women and eight men, all aged between 20 and 40.
Morocco’s informal labour sector accounts for about 20 percent of non-agricultural economic activity, and workers in it are often vulnerable to unsafe working conditions.