Morocco to survey all wells after Rayan tragedy


The Moroccan authorities have decided to survey all abandoned wells across the country after a trapped young boy died in valiant but unsuccessful rescue attempt last week.

Rayan’s plight at the bottom of a narrow 32m deep borehole gripped millions in Morocco and beyond.

A water ministry official, Abdelaziz Zerouali, said the survey was designed to prevent a repeat of the tragedy.

He said those who dug wells that flouted regulations would be required to pay to make them safe.

He added that more than 1,000 Moroccan a year were already being punished for illegal drilling.

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