Dozens killed in Morocco underground textile workshop floods

At least twenty-four people died after heavy rains caused floods in an underground textile workshop in a private house in Morocco’s Tangier city, state news media reported.

Rescue workers recovered 24 bodies from the property and rescued ten survivors who were taken to hospital.

Authorities have been continuing rescue operations and an investigation into the incident was launched.

Morocco’s informal labour sector represents about a fifth of non-agricultural economic activity and labourers often work in unsafe conditions.

The North African country has experienced heavy rains in recent weeks, after a long period of drought.

In early January, the inclement weather caused several dilapidated buildings to collapse in Casablanca, the country’s economic capital, causing at least four deaths, according to local media.

Poorly maintained drainage systems often exacerbate flooding in cities.

Fifty people died in floods in 2014 caused by heavy rains in the south of Morocco.