In the aftermath of heavy rainfall that led to flooding in many areas of southern Morocco, Kevin Moore from Al Miraah had the opportunity to speak with Mhamed Alhilali, Project Director of Casablanca-based Moroccan NGO Amis des Écoles. Mr. Alhilali was born in raised in Tata and has long been involved in social and charitable work within his community.
Can you describe the extreme weather that affected the southern regions of the Kingdom of Morocco recently? What were the human casualties and physical damage that occurred as a result of the heavy rains?
Torrential rains poured down on the south of the Kingdom of Morocco from 21-30 November 2014, claiming the lives of more than 40 people in various affected cities. In some areas, as much as 250 ml of rain fell. However, the toll was heaviest in the ill-fated city of Guelmim, where the infrastructure, roads and public spaces were damaged. Roads and pathways were destroyed and a number of villages and rural areas were isolated from the outside world. Land and trees were swept away, greatly impacting farming and killing a large amount of livestock — sheep, cows and goats. Meanwhile, services like water, electricity and phone lines were cut off in some areas for nearly a week.