“ALMSID” seeks development and confrontation with floods

Some 14 kilometers from the community of Aghbala, and more than 120 kilometers from the regional capital of Beni Mellal-Khenifra, the inhabitants of the Al-Masid roundabout lie quietly under the slopes of high mountains, in the absence of the most basic conditions. for a decent life.

The population of Douar Al-Masid is estimated at about 120 families, most of whom became self-sufficient thanks to income from local agriculture, especially the cultivation of potatoes, carrots and cereals, in addition to raising livestock. of the drought, the crisis began to enter the arteries of these products, which negatively affected the lifestyle of the population.

The condition of the residents of various districts of the land community is no better than that of the residents of the Al-Masid roundabout. The situation is very similar and marginalization is a common denominator among the various districts, especially those adjacent to the mountains, and isolation undermines the ambition of young people.

At the Al-Masid roundabout, it is not correct to talk about development, at least for the moment. The reality is very terrible, and the isolation zone is expanding day after day, and the situation of people has remained the same for years. What made matters worse was the flooding of Wadi Al-Masid, which threatened a group of families, citizens reported in identical statements to Hespress.

“Less than a week ago, we lived through hellish hours,” says Yamna Uwalfadl, a resident of Al-Dawwar. The torrential rain assaulted the sanctity of our homes and we were unable to sleep through the night. The floods were very scary, but we only found nearby neighbors who could not do anything if the level of the valley rose.”

Yamna explained that he is living in real terror from the sound of thunder, and what has added to his misery is the valley arch being completed inappropriately, asking the competent authorities to return what they have achieved according to quality. standards, and in a way that allows drainage of rainwater.

For his part, Ali Bukhari, a 60-year-old resident of the roundabout, said: “The responsible authorities must find a solution to the suffering of the people with Wadi Al-Masid, to preserve their safety and security”, and emphasized that “Without building the sides of the valley and completing a bridge with existing conditions, the residents will continue to suffer from both, especially in the storm season,” he said, noting that the Al-Masid floods “inflict physical and psychological damage.” to the roundabout neighbors every year, as they often cause damage to their crops and livestock, and threaten their safety, so it is necessary to repair the sides of the valley to avoid any human damage”.

In his statements to Hespress, Baso Fahim, one of those who grew up in El Masid, stated that “schoolchildren are also threatened by flooding in the valley”, and that “the bridge they cross to the educational institution has become completely useless. , due to recent torrential rains that damaged local irrigation equipment and irrigation motors.”

Citizens, in identical statements to Hespress, called on all officials to interact seriously with the demands of the neighbors, and pay attention to the roundabout by strengthening it with social facilities, especially those related to the health and education sectors, women and girls, and sports. , pointing out that the youth of the region find themselves, in the face of this development gap, between the anvil of unemployment and the hammer of isolation and exclusion.

In his comment, the head of the Aghbala group, Ahmed Khayyad, who was elected in the elections of last September 8, explained that the problem of the floods and their negative effects on the population is a matter of great interest, both for the council collective and for civil society, and has become an acute problem.

The president, who is affiliated with the Authenticity and Modernity Party, added that the collective council had previously written to the competent authorities of the Interior Ministry about some 12 projects, including the Al-Amsid valley project, but the matter was not completed. due to the absence of technical studies that help in financing.

Khayyad also confirmed that the collective council is now in the process of scheduling a technical study in coordination with relevant interests for a number of projects, including a technical study for Wadi Al-Masid and the rest of the flood-threatened areas, noting that The group is up to date with important projects, including a home garbage dump with standards established at the national level.

In turn, the Umm al-Rabiah Basin Agency, in its response to correspondence with civil society on the repair and preparation of the water reefs penetrating the roundabout, had made it clear that it saw no objection to the financing and technical contribution in association with the competent interests in the completion of the reef development project at the Al-Masid roundabout, but the technical study is not available.

The agency added, in response on September 09, 2021 on the same topic, that it will close a deal to complete the study by a specialized studies office by the year 2022, and in view of its results, the agency’s financial contribution will be determined in the framework of a partnership agreement with the interested parties.