On Sunday (local time), survivors of the deadliest earthquake to hit Morocco in more than 60 years struggled to find food, water and shelter as the search continued for the missing in isolated settlements. More than 2,100 people had died and more were probably on the way.
Many people spent the third night outdoors after the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred on Friday night.
Relief workers are finding it difficult to reach the worst-hit villages in the High Atlas, rugged mountainous terrain where towns are sometimes inaccessible and many houses collapse.
Nightmare for the people of Morocco: The number of earthquake victims exceeds 2,100 people, survivors struggle for food, water and shelter
State television reports that 2,122 people have been killed and 2,421 injured. Morocco has said it can accept offers of assistance from other nations and will arrange them as needed.
Morocco’s cultural heritage has also suffered substantial damage due to the earthquake. Local media reports corroborate the collapse of a historically significant 12th century mosque.
The ancient city of Marrakech, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has also suffered damage in some areas.
The impact of the earthquake is worsened because many homes in the affected area are made of materials that are more vulnerable to damage during seismic events, such as mud bricks, wood, cement, and breeze blocks.
Since an estimated 12,000 people died in an earthquake in Morocco in 1960, this is the deadliest on record.
Moroccan authorities and foreign teams are actively searching for survivors as part of ongoing rescue operations. As part of recovery efforts, countries including Spain, the United Kingdom, Qatar and the United States have sent search and rescue personnel and resources.
According to Reuters, during a press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, Biden stated: “We are ready to provide all necessary assistance to the Moroccan people.”
What was the epicenter of the Moroccan earthquake?
The epicenter of the earthquake was located 72 kilometers (45 miles) southwest of Marrakesh, a city famous for its historical and architectural treasures.
The Moroccan government has created a fund for victims of the disaster and distributed supplies, including food, drinks, tents and blankets.
The global community has also contributed its support, sending rescue teams from countries such as Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and France. The World Health Organization says the disaster has affected more than 300,000 people.
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI ordered prayers in mosques nationwide for the victims and the government announced three days of national mourning.
American academics create fund to help earthquake victims
Here is a GoFundMe that two colleagues and I created to help village associations directly support families: https://t.co/BB0KNbBQik
— Brahim El GuabIi (@SahraOuld) September 9, 2023
A group of US-based Moroccan academics has started a GoFundMe initiative to help Moroccan cities affected by the earthquake.
According to experts, they collaborate with neighboring NGOs and community leaders to ensure that the funds have the greatest and most immediate impact on assisting families.
The Spanish Government sends 86 lifeguards and eight search dogs to Morocco
In response to a formal request for assistance from Rabat, Spain has sent 86 rescuers and eight search dogs to Morocco following the devastating earthquake that claimed more than 2,100 lives.
A military plane carrying 56 first responders and four search dogs took off Sunday morning from a base in the northern Spanish city of Zaragoza, according to a Defense Ministry statement. The plane was heading to Marrakech.
The rescue team is part of Spain’s Military Emergency Unit (UME), a branch of the armed forces created to quickly respond to emergencies such as earthquakes, floods and forest fires.
An Interior Ministry spokeswoman said a second military plane carrying 30 rescuers and four search dogs took off Sunday night from a base in Torrejón de Ardoz, near Madrid.
Moroccan authorities studying French aid offer: Ambassador
According to Christophe Lecourtier, France’s ambassador to Morocco, the Moroccan government was “taking into consideration” French offers to send search and rescue teams and emergency medical assistance.
He stated Sunday night that “we have every reason to believe that within a few hours or tomorrow this aid will be requested.”
In Morocco, Qatar sends four planes to help in search and rescue tasks
Qatar is preparing to help Morocco after its recent earthquake.
“Qatari [authorities] “We are currently preparing four planes that will fly to Morocco as part of the search and rescue operation,” Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker reported.
“Qatar is one of the many countries that have promised aid to Morocco following this devastating earthquake,” he said, adding that the aid consisted of food, tents, trucks and equipment, medical supplies and search and rescue tools.
Morocco receives one million dollars from the Red Cross Disaster Fund
To support the Moroccan Red Crescent’s work on the ground, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has released more than $1 million from its immediate disaster fund.
The global humanitarian network warned that “the next 24 to 48 hours will be critical in terms of saving lives,” adding that assistance could be needed for months or perhaps years.
Earthquake in Morocco: Spain sends 56 rescuers
Following an official request for assistance from Rabat, Spain sent a plane with 56 rescuers and four search dogs to earthquake-ravaged Morocco, according to the military ministry.
According to a ministry post on suffered in our neighboring country.
The rescuers are members of Spain’s Military Emergency Unit, a branch of the military forces established to act quickly in disasters such as earthquakes, floods and forest fires.
In the wake of the earthquake in Morocco, Israel announces a relief mission
On Saturday, the head of Israel’s national medical and disaster response organization Magen David Adom phoned the head of the Moroccan Red Crescent to offer help.
A statement indicated that representatives of Magen David Adom were preparing to leave in the next few hours. “They will work together with delegations from the Israel Defense Forces and the Ministry of Health.”
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