At least 24 deaths in illegal Moroccan textile workshop

In the Moroccan city of Tangier, at least 24 people were killed in an illegal textile workshop. It was located in a basement of a villa.

The 24 would have been electrocuted when water entered the basement through a flood. At least ten people have been rescued, the authorities report. How many people exactly were in the premises when things went wrong is not clear. Local media mention the number of forty, but there is no certainty about that. The authorities have initiated an investigation.

There is a lot of flooding in the city because it has rained a lot of last day. On images scattered via social media, cars are half underwater.

The emergency services went into the premises with divers to search for victims:

There are many people working in the informal sector in Morocco, says correspondent Samira Jadir. Working conditions, established by law, are not controlled by local authorities at these workplaces. People put their health at risk, and the jobs do not provide security. About 80 percent of people have a job in the informal sector. Often accidents happen. But the fact that so many people die is not very common.