A landslide killed 15 people riding in a van in the Atlas Mountains south of Marrakech, Morocco local authorities said on Friday.

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The landslide, caused by heavy rain, buried the van on Wednesday evening in the area of Asni.

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The bodies of 11 women, three men and a child were extracted overnight from the van, authorities said in a statement.

The van was carrying passengers from Casablanca to the village of Taliouine, 670 kilometres south of Rabat, witnesses said.

The landslide created a pile of earth and mud 20 meters high that blocked the mountainous road.

Vanguard

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