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Many killed in Yemen, Morocco flash floods

Sanaa, October 25, 2008

At least 41 people were killed in floods that swept through the Yemen's southeastern provinces of Hadramaut and Mahara during the last  two days and six more died after being struck by lightning, according to emergency services department officials.

Four people were killed by lightning in the southern provinces of Tayez and Lahj, and a mother and son also died when struck by lightning in the Al-Mahwit region north of the capital Sanaa, the officials said.

Meanwhile, in neighbouring Morocco, flash floods from heavy rains in the northern parts killed 13 people overnight and inundated 170 manufacturing plants, the Interior Ministry and government rescue service said.

Eleven people were killed in the hamlet of Driouch, 500 km north of Rabat, when their homes collapsed. Two more people died in floods in Tangier, where a river overflowed its banks and submerged 170 manufacturing plants.

The official news agency MAP quoted business leaders in the city as saying the floods had damaged machinery and finished products, mostly textiles for export to Europe.

'All the plants in the manufacturing area, which employs up to 30,000 workers, were shut down and will need four weeks to three months to resume work,' MAP quoted Adil Rais, a leading business figure in Tangier, as saying.

At least 25 people were killed in several Moroccan provinces in the past two weeks in floods triggered by heavy rains, according to local media.

Morocco, which suffers cyclical droughts, received its highest levels of rains in 35 years during the period from September 17 to October 23, according to local disaster and weather officials.




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