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In rain-drenched Morocco, bus accident kills 24

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: 24 people died in the accident, state media says
  • Accident occurred south of Rabat amid torrential rain
  • Two others are missing after being swept away by waters

(CNN) -- At least 24 people died in Morocco on Tuesday when a bus fell into a river, the North African country's official news agency said, citing emergency and rescue units.

The incident took place near Bouznika, south of the nation's capital of Rabat, and it occurred as a result of torrential rains, the MAP news agency said.

The rain has reached a record of 178 mm, or around 7 inches, over 24 hours in Casablanca, where schools had to be closed, MAP said.

Three people were injured in the accident and two others were reported missing when they were swept away by the waters, the news agency said.

Rescue efforts remained underway, it said.