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Flash floods kill seven in Morocco

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RABAT, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Flash floods from heavy rains in eastern and southern Morocco overnight have killed at least seven people, the government said on Monday.

Seven provinces -- Essaouira, Al Houaz, Azilal, Chichaoua, Oujda, Errachidia and Zagora -- were the hardest hit, with many homes submerged or damaged and roads made impassable, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

At least 14 people were killed in several Moroccan regions, including Errachidia, last week in floods triggered by heavy rains, according to local media.

Morocco received the highest levels of rains in 30 years for the Sept. 17-Oct 19 period, according to local disaster and weather officials.

(Reporting by Lamine Ghanmi; Editing by Charles Dick)

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