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Death toll from torrential rains in Morocco rises to 17

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Oujda (east), Oct. 25 (MAP) - The death toll from the torrential rains that hit some Moroccan cities over the past two days rose to 17, after 4 people, including a woman and a child, were killed in the eastern city of Oujda.

According to local sources, the four people (three aged between 60 and 80 and a 8-year-old schoolboy) were killed in Béni Oukil (16 km east of Oujda) following pouring rains that reached, Friday, up to 70 mm in less than one hour.

In the province of Nador (northeast), 11 people had been killed and a person was injured, over Thursday and Friday, following the collapse of several houses. Floods also caused considerable material losses, with many homes either damaged or submerged.

Two people were also killed and a person was reported missing in the northern city of Tangiers, due to floodwaters that submerged several neighborhoods, making roads impassable and forcing schools to close. The city's industrial zone "Mghougha" was the hardest hit, sustaining enormous damage.