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Morocco flash floods cause casualties in south

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Flooding in southern Morocco has killed 32 people and six others are missing after the heavy rains, officials say.

A girl of nine was among those who had been swept away by the raging waters of the Tamsourt River, media reports said.

Around 100 mud-brick homes were partly or totally destroyed and 100 roads, including six national highways, were cut off in the floods, officials said.

Flash floods are fairly common in Morocco, which is popular with tourists.

Flooding around the ancient city of Marrakesh left tour buses briefly stranded, local media reported.

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Image caption Vehicles have been washed away by the floods and roads cut off
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Image caption Rescue workers are trying to reach people by boat or helicopter
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Image caption The floods are in the south at the foot of the Anti-Atlas Mountains
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Image caption Morocco is often hit by flash floods

Rescue operations saved "200 people in danger, among them 40 helped by army and royal guard helicopters", the AFP news agency quotes an interior ministry statement as saying.

About 130 all-terrain rescue vehicles and 335 inflatable boats and other vessels were being used to search for the missing, the ministry said.

In the southern city of Guelmim, 24 people were killed by a flash flood that swept through a dry river bed.

Many of the dead and missing came from families that were trapped in vehicles swept away by the waters, the Associated Press news agency quotes local media as saying.

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Image caption About 100 roads are said to have been cut off
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Image caption Families have been trapped in their vehicles

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