Rabat – The facade of a five-storey building under construction collapsed yesterday in the district of Gueliz in Marrakech, killing one person.
According to local authorities, the building was an extension of a private clinic.
Local security and Civil Protection services intervened immediately at the accident location after the collapse, to rescue potential victims from under the debris.
Meanwhile, Marrakech authorities have opened an inquiry to determine the causes of the collapse of the building.
Building collapses are becoming a worrying pattern in Morocco. Like in Marrakech, imperial cities across Morocco usually record cases of collapsing houses in old medinas, and popular neighborhoods.
On August 8, a house collapsed in the district of Sbata in Casablanca, claiming the life of one man. Local witnesses told the press that authorities warned the residents prior to the incident.
“We did not leave because we have no money to rent elsewhere. We asked the landlord to help us financially while the building gets fixed, but he shut his phone and we were not able to reach him,” oneresident said.
Some neighbors managed to leave their houses after hearing the collapse noise, while the only victim was asleep.
On november 4, 2019, a house in Tangier’s medina collapsed early in the morning, killing one person and injuring one woman. The accident happened because of the dilapidated condition of the house.
Most recently, an abandoned house in the medina of Fez collapsed on August 16. This time, however, there were no injuries or fatality. The accident took place very early in the morning, during a time where the narrow streets of the medina are usually empty of the merchants, and pedestrians.