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At least seven people die in flash floods in southern Morocco

Video footage from Wednesday, shot in the Moroccan town of Irherm, shows a barrage of floodwater surging down a road and submerging vehicles. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Irherm, Taroudant, Morocco Aug 30, 2019, 01.56 PM (IST)

At least seven people were killed in flash floods in Morocco on Wednesday, following torrential rains in mountains in the south of the country near Taroudant, 600 kilometres (373 miles) south of Rabat, local authorities said.

Video footage from Wednesday, shot in the Moroccan town of Irherm, shows a barrage of floodwater surging down a road and submerging vehicles.

Most of the victims of the floods in the Taroudant province were swept away while watching a football game on a pitch built next to a dry river near the village of Tizrt.

Search operations are ongoing to find survivors, authorities said in a statement

The southern Moroccan mountains, known as the Anti-Atlas, are arid and rarely receive rain in the summer.