The death toll is currently seven, while at least one person has been badly injured. Several people are still missing.
Rabat – In the wake of the dramatic floods in Souss, southern Morocco, on August 28, officials and public figures are expressing their condolences to the families of the dead and injured on social media.
Moroccan Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Otmani, tweeted: “I received with deep sadness and sorrow the news of the sudden flood that swept away this evening a football field and claimed the lives of a number of victims in the province of Taroudant”.
After expressing his condolences, El Otmani reassured citizens of the region that emergency services have responded to the incident and are in place to deal with the aftermath.
After expressing his condolences, El Othmani reassured citizens of the region that emergency services have responded to the incident and are in place to deal with the aftermath.
Some Moroccans have taken to social media to express their frustration. “What is the next step Mr. Minister? Knowing that those regions contain more stadiums in river paths and they can all suffer from the same fate” posted one concerned Moroccan.
Reiterating the sentiments of the Head of Government, both ministers expressed their deep sadness upon reception of the news, and their condolences to the families of the victims and the Moroccan people in general.
Patrice Beaumelle, the former assistant coach of Morocco’s national football team, and currently at the head of Morocco’s Olympic team, shared some pictures of the stadium before it was hit by the floods on his personal Instagram.
Along with the pictures, Beaumelle expressed his condolences in words: “I present my deepest condolences to the families and victims of the tragedy that happened near Taroudant, in the south of Morocco. Young footballers playing a game were caught off guard by floods caused by a rainstorm”. The French coach also hoped that rescue teams find a maximum of survivors.