Moroccan Flooded Factory Death Toll Rises To 28
Faizan Hashmi 19 days ago Tue 09th February 2021 | 07:50 PM
Rabat, Feb 9 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 9th Feb, 2021 ) :The number of people who died when they were trapped by storm-waters surging into an illegal basement factory in Morocco rose to 28 Tuesday, officials and activists said.
Authorities in Tangiers told AFP that 28 bodies -- mostly women -- had been pulled out the basement of factory, in a private property in a residential area.
"Waters... submerged the confined space," Abderrahim Kabajj, senior civil protection official told Morocco's 2M television station, which also reported 28 dead. "The victims were trapped with no way to get out." Rights groups, the Northern Observatory for Human Rights and the Moroccan Association for Human Rights, also confirmed the toll.
The deaths have caused an outcry in the North African country.
A inquiry has been launched into the cause of the accident and those responsible.
Morocco's informal sector plays a key role in the economy, with over half of the country's textile and leather production coming from unregulated operations, according to Morocco's employers' association.
Many fail to meet official safety standards, it says.