Photos of Earthquake Victims in Morocco and also Death toll Cross 2500
In Moulay Brahim village, Moroccans mourn their neighbours who died in the devastating earthquake.
Rescue teams race to find survivors trapped in the rubble of flattened villages as Moroccans mourn the death of more than 2,000 people in a devastating earthquake.
A total of 2,059 people have been injured, many critically, in the country’s strongest earthquake ever.
There were several villages destroyed in rural areas by Friday’s magnitude 6.8 quake, which struck 72km (45 miles) southwest of Marrakesh. In remote mountain villages, where victims are still feared trapped, troops and emergency services have scrambled to reach them. There were 1,293 deaths in Al-Haouz province, where the earthquake’s epicentre was located, followed by 452 in Taroudant province. Morocco’s neighbor Algeria has opened its airspace to flights carrying humanitarian aid and injured people after having closed it for two years.
There was uncertainty in Marrakesh, about 70km (45 miles) northeast of the epicentre, as residents feared that the quake that had killed more than 2,000 would damage or destroy their homes in the hours or days to come.
In the High Atlas mountain region, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake killed at least 2,012 people and left many homeless.
In the wake of Morocco’s deadliest earthquake in decades, rescuers dug through the rubble of collapsed homes in remote mountain villages. More than 300,000 people have been affected by the disaster, according to the World Health Organization. There is a possibility of more deaths. Caroline Holt, global director of operations for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said the next 24 to 48 hours are crucial for saving lives.
She noted the importance of providing safe drinking water alongside search-and-rescue efforts. On Saturday, more than 2,012 people were killed and 2,059 injured in a magnitude 6.8 earthquake that left many homeless.
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI ordered specialized search-and-rescue teams and a surgical field hospital to be mobilized. As part of the king’s call, mosques across the kingdom will pray for the victims on Sunday.
When the earthquake struck, I was asleep. As a result of the roof falling on me, I was unable to escape. It was a trap for me. Fatna Bechar, who lives in Moulay Brahim, was saved by her neighbors who cleared the rubble with their bare hands.
My house was completely destroyed, so now I live with them in theirs. “The quake, which occurred in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains late on Friday night, damaged historic buildings in Marrakesh, the closest city to its epicentre.
Most of the fatalities were reported in mountainous areas to the south, such as Al-Haouz and Taroudant. The bodies of three of my grandchildren and their mother are still under the rubble,” said villager Omar Benhanna, 72. “We were all playing together just a short while ago.” USGS said the epicentre of the earthquake was at a depth of 18.5km (11.5 miles) and was about 72km (44 miles) northeast of Marrakesh.
In spite of the many challenges, including difficult terrain, Moroccan senator and former minister Lahcen Haddad says authorities are responding quickly. The Moroccan authorities are bringing people to hospitals in Marrakesh.
There has been a call for blood donations. According to him, the authorities put together a megaplan for a rapid intervention after the Al Hoceima earthquake in 2004.
State TV broadcast footage of people clustering in the streets of historic Marrakesh, afraid to enter buildings that might still be unstable. The city’s famous Koutoubia Mosque, built in the 12th century, was damaged, but the extent was not immediately known. The 69-metre (226-foot) minaret is known as the “roof of Marrakesh”. UNESCO World Heritage site red walls surrounding the old city were also damaged in videos posted by Moroccans.
Hossam Elsharkawi, Red Cross director for the Middle East and North Africa, said the organization was mobilizing resources to support the Moroccan Red Crescent. According to authorities, Moroccan armed forces will deploy rescue teams to provide clean drinking water, food supplies, tents, and blankets to affected areas.
The ‘leaning house’
Rescue workers picked through rubble with their bare hands in Amizmiz, near the epicentre. There were about ten bodies covered in blankets outside a hospital, surrounded by grieving relatives. Survivors stood atop the pancaked floors of a building in Amizmiz, 55km (34 miles) south of Marrakesh. Carpet and furniture protruded from the rubble. As people sought supplies, a long queue formed outside the only open shop.
A road from Amizmiz to a nearby village was blocked by boulders, highlighting the challenges rescuers face. According to journalist Younis Ezzouhir from Marrakesh, efforts are continuing to clear roads to reach more survivors in al-Haouz province, especially Talat N’Yaaqoub and rural communes. “This road was subject to landslides. “It’s a mountain road, but the ground is mud soil, so it’s fragile, and when it rains or earthquakes, a lot of dirt and stones can fall from the mountains,” Ezzouhir said. In southern Spain, Huelva and Jaen felt the tremors.
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