Toll of Morocco flood-hit bus rises to 17 dead

Members of the security forces search for bodies in the wreckage of bus at the banks of the Damchan river near the city of Errachidia, in the El Khank region in southern Morocco following a flood-related accident that left at least six people dead, on September 8, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 09 September 2019

Toll of Morocco flood-hit bus rises to 17 dead

  • Rescuers have been searching for bodies since the accident Sunday
  • The bus flipped on a bridge in a valley near the city of Errachidia

RABAT: At least 17 people were killed in Morocco when flood waters overturned their bus in the kingdom’s southeast, authorities said Monday in a revised toll.
Rescuers have been searching for bodies since the accident Sunday, when the bus flipped on a bridge in a valley near the city of Errachidia, authorities said.
They said a further 29 passengers, with various injuries but in “stable” condition, had been transferred to a hospital in Errachidia.
Rescuers were continuing their search.
Morocco has been hit by violent storms this summer, sparking flash flooding in its mountainous interior.
At the end of August, a flood hit a football pitch killing eight people in the southern region of Taroudant.
And in July, 15 people were killed in a landslide caused by flash floods on a road south of Marrakesh.
Floods are common in the North African country. In 2014, they killed around 50 people and caused considerable damage.


UAE, Egypt plan $20 bln spending on social, economic projects

Updated 14 November 2019

UAE, Egypt plan $20 bln spending on social, economic projects

  • Sheikh Mohammed made the announcement on Twitter during a visit to by Sisi
  • The funds will be used to establish joint strategic investment projects, specialized funds and investment tools, in a number of sectors

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates and Egypt plan to jointly invest $20 billion in economic and social projects, under a bilateral project announced by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on Thursday.
Sheikh Mohammed made the announcement on Twitter during a two-day visit to the UAE by Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
Abu Dhabi Development Holding Company and Egypt's sovereign wealth fund will use the funds to establish joint strategic investment projects, specialized funds and investment tools, in a number of sectors, Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said.