Morocco has been shaken to its core by the deadliest earthquake in over six decades, claiming the lives of more than 2,000 people and leaving an additional 2,059 injured. This catastrophic event has left entire villages in ruins, sending shockwaves through the nation.
Initially, the Interior Ministry reported a death toll of 1,305, but as the dust settled, the grim reality became undeniable. Among the injured, a staggering 1,404 individuals are in critical condition, fighting for their lives.
As survivors sought refuge amidst the unforgiving elements on the High Atlas Mountains, the heart-wrenching search for more buried survivors continued relentlessly on the steep slopes. The very foundations of houses constructed from mud brick, stone, and rough wood crumbled, while minarets of local mosques lay in ruins, testifying to the immense power of the quake that struck late on Friday.
Even the historic gem, Marrakech, did not escape the wrath of this natural disaster, as extensive damage marred its illustrious old city.
The Interior Ministry, in its latest update, confirmed that 2,012 lives have been lost, and 2,059 individuals are grappling with injuries of varying degrees. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake registered a magnitude of 6.8, with its epicenter located approximately 72 km (45 miles) southwest of Marrakech.
In the village of Amizmiz, located near the epicenter, heroic rescue workers toiled tirelessly, using their bare hands to sift through the rubble that now choked the narrow streets. Fallen masonry created daunting obstacles, while outside a local hospital, a heart-wrenching scene unfolded as around 10 lifeless bodies lay shrouded in blankets, surrounded by grieving relatives.
Mohamed Azaw, a survivor who narrowly escaped with his children, shared his anguishing account: “When I felt the earth shaking beneath my feet and the house leaning, I rushed to get my kids out. But my neighbors couldn’t. Unfortunately, no one was found alive in that family. The father and son were found dead, and they are still looking for the mother and the daughter.”
The nation of Morocco now grapples with immense grief and the daunting task of recovery in the wake of this devastating earthquake. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this tragedy