September 27, 2023

Morocco Deadliest Earthquake: Battle To Find Survivors As Deaths Top 1,300

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The deadliest earthquake which hit Morocco killed more than 1,300 people and injured at least another 1,800, many of them critically, the Interior Ministry stated on yesterday, Saturday 9, 2023., pub-3120625432113532, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

A total of 1,305 people have now been confirmed dead, while 1,832 people were injured, of whom 1,220 are in critical condition, the Interior Ministry statement added.

Announcement from the royal palace has declared three days of national mourning.

“Three days of national mourning have been decided, with flags to fly at half-mast on all public buildings,” said a statement published by the official MAP news agency after King Mohammed VI chaired a meeting to discuss the disaster.

The meeting was held after Friday night’s earthquake, the deadliest to hit the North African country in decades, hit southwest of tourist hotspot Marrakesh, killing at least 1,037 people and injuring another 1,204, many of them critically.

After being briefed by officials, the king ordered the immediate establishment of a commission responsible for the deployment of an emergency rehabilitation and aid programme on rebuilding destroyed housing in disaster areas and the care of distressed people, particularly orphans and the vulnerable.

He also ordered that accommodation, food and all other basic needs be made available to those who needed it, as well as the establishment of a special account at the central bank for aid donations.

The 6.8-magnitude quake struck a mountainous area 72 kilometres (45 miles) southwest of tourist hotspot Marrakesh at 11:11pm (2211 GMT) Friday, the US Geological Survey reported.

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