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Six die in snow roof collapse

afrol News, 5 February - At least six children have died after the roof of a house in rural Morocco collapsed due to heavy snow, local news agency, MAP has reported.

The siblings, two boys and four girls were killed on Wednesday in the Atlas mountains area of Azilal overnight. Their mother was was also reported injured.

The snow fatalities has risen to 14 in the country since Tuesday because of homes that collapsed due to heavy snow and torrential rain.

Local reports said eight people were killed in similar incidents on Tuesday but this is the most deadly single case.

In mid January, A landslide in Chehna killed a family of six after heavy rain storms in Jijel, about 400 kilometers east of Algeria's capital Algiers. The victims were a 37-year-old mother and her five children aged between two and seven.

Meanwhile, at least 300 families were left homeless in the northern farming area of Gharb when a river about 70 km northwest of Rabat burst its banks. The North African country, like parts of Europe, has been hit by storms since least week.

The snow and showers are forecast to continue until Saturday, especially in the Atlas Mountains, according to meteorologists.

The seasonal forecast said some parts of the north African region would continue to experience above-normal precipitation and that some snow fall and cold waves could be expected until end of the month.

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