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Seven die as floodwater hits local football match in Morocc…

Seven die as floodwater hits local football match in Morocc…


At least seven spectators have died after a flash flood swept across the pitch at a local match in Morocco.

Heavy rain caused a nearby river to swell on Wednesday, pushing water over the field in the southern village of Tizert in the Taroudant region, where an amateur match was being played.

Spectators tried to escape, with some climbing on roofs, but at least seven people died, including a 17-year-old boy, the official MAP news agency said.

People dig a grave as they bury the victims of flooding when a river burst its banks and flooded a village football pitch where a game was being played, in Morocco's southern village of Tizert in the Taroudant region on August 29, 2019. - The victims included a 17-year-old boy and six elderly men attending the match in the village of Tizert, in Taroudant region. Searchers had rescued one man who was injured by the flood and were looking for another missing person, officials said. The river overflowed and submerged the pitch where an amateur football tournament was under way, a resident told AFP. (Photo by - / AFP)        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
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Morocco’s national weather service had recently warned of weather risks

Government spokesman Mostapha El Khalfi said one of the bodies was still missing.

He added the government will take flood control measures to better handle adverse weather conditions.

Among the victims was recently married Hanafi Hilali, 35, who sought safety on top of a dressing room but was swept away by the raging waters, his brother Mohamed said.

This picture taken on August 29, 2019 shows a view of a football pitch which was flooded when a river burst its banks as a game was being played, in Morocco's southern village of Tizert in the Taroudant region. - The victims included a 17-year-old boy and six elderly men attending the match in the village of Tizert, in Taroudant region. Searchers had rescued one man who was injured by the flood and were looking for another missing person, officials said. The river overflowed and submerged the pitch where an amateur football tournament was under way, a resident told AFP. (Photo by - / AFP)        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
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The dead included a 17-year-old male

The two had become trapped on the field, but Mohamed raced to rescue his son and his cousin, both young children.

“I could not return to rescue my brother,” he said.

Ahmad Afif, organiser of the game, said he was on the roof of the changing rooms alongside dozens of other fans when they received phone calls from a nearby village warning them of the flooding river.

Members of the Moroccan civil defence search for victims at the scene of flooding when a river burst its banks and flooded a village football pitch as a game was being played, in Morocco's southern village of Tizert in the Taroudant region on August 29, 2019. - At least seven people were killed on August 28 when a river burst its banks and flooded a village football pitch where a game was being played in south Morocco, local authorities said. (Photo by - / AFP)        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
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One of the bodies is still missing

Mr Afif was one of those who had fled to a safe place away from the river.

“We saw our brothers, our sons, our cousins dying. They were screaming at us for help, looking at us in desperation, but we couldn’t do anything to help.”

Morocco’s national weather service had recently warned of the risks of bad weather in several regions.

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