Moroccan emergency crews pulled 16 bodies from the mud caused by a landslide that buried a minibus, public broadcaster 2M reported on Friday July 26th. Local officials contacted by AFP confirmed that the deluge on Wednesday evening, July 24th, in the Atlas mountains south of Marrakesh had caused flash flooding.
The downpour moved masses of earth and rocks as high as 20 metres (more than 60 feet) in places that entombed the minibus, AFP reported.
Officials said they could not immediately confirm the death toll, but 2M said on its website that emergency services recovered 16 bodies after working through the night.
Investment in Morocco's road network has largely focused on the main transport arteries and many rural areas can be reached only by dirt tracks that are vulnerable to extreme weather.