/ 17 January 2008

Morocco building collapse leaves 14 dead

Fourteen people were killed and 26 injured when an apartment block being built in Morocco collapsed, the MAP news agency reported on Thursday, saying rescue workers were still at the scene a day later.

The accident happened on Wednesday morning in Kenitra, 30km north of Rabat, when about 30 building workers were on the site of the two-storey housing and shopping centre, MAP said.

The casualty toll remained provisional and rescue workers were digging through the rubble on Thursday.

Interior Minister Chakib Benmoussa said an inquiry had been opened to find out what went wrong and probe ”responsibility at every level”, the news agency added.

The North African kingdom’s Ministry of Housing has also announced stringent legal measures and checks to prevent accidents of this kind. — Sapa-AFP