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Recent Morocco Earthquake Shakes the Nation

On the 8th of September, 2023 at 3:41 IST a powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck Morocco. The depth of the earthquake was 18.5 km. This natural disaster has left a trail of destruction, causing immense devastation, and claiming numerous lives. The earthquake especially had an impact in the provinces and municipalities of Al-Haouz, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Azilal, Chichaoua, & Taroudant. The High Atlas Mountains was the epicentre of the earthquake, that is 71 km south-west of Marrakesh. Marrakesh has an overall population of about 840,000 people. Several houses have collapsed, and buildings were reported with structural damage. About a total of 2,946 people have been reported to have lost their lives; the vast majority in Al-Haouz and Taroudant provinces and another 5,674 individuals are reported as injured. Several aftershocks have been reported, some families were trapped under the rubble of their homes, road blockages and difficult geographic conditions remain challenging to conduct search and rescue interventions. This has forced thousands of residents to flee their homes, seeking shelter and safety in makeshift camps. Some people have also spent nights on the streets. Government officials are taking the lead in responding to the crisis and providing crucial aid and assistance to those affected by this tragic event. The primary reported needs are food, water, psychosocial support, and shelter. International aid and support will play a crucial role in facilitating this process. Morocco has received international aid from many countries like France, Spain, Britain, UN and more. Historic sites have been damaged:,The Marrakech Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was hit by the earthquake. This earthquake has been recorded as one of the deadliest in the country since the 1960 Agadir Earthquake.


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