Morocco earthquake death toll exceeds 2,000!
The number of people killed in the 7-magnitude earthquake in Morocco has risen to 2,122 and the number of injured to 2,421. While some villages around Marrakech were completely destroyed, teams are racing against time to reach those under the rubble.
The balance sheet of the 7-magnitude earthquake in Morocco, whose epicenter was El-Huz region of Marrakech on September 8, is getting heavier. The number of people who lost their lives in the big earthquake rose to 2,122 and the number of injured people to 2,421. After the earthquake, while the race against time continues to reach those under the rubble, emergency organizations are struggling to deliver aid to remote areas.
MANY VILLAGES COMPLETELY DESTROYED
Moroccan Justice Minister Abdellatif Wahbi said that some villages around the epicenter of the devastating earthquake were completely destroyed. Noting that many old neighborhoods, some of them historic, were severely damaged in the city of Tarudant in the southwest of the country, Vehbi noted that the authorities are working to accommodate residents who cannot return to their homes in the earthquake-affected areas. Emphasizing that their priority is to provide basic services, Vehbi said that efforts to open the roads leading to the settlements around the city of Tarudant, which were closed due to the earthquake, are also continuing.
3-DAY NATIONAL MOURNING DECLARED ACROSS THE COUNTRY
At the meeting, King Mohammed VI of Morocco decided to declare 3 days of national mourning in Morocco and to lower flags at public institutions to half-mast.
THEY ACCEPTED OFFERS OF AID
Morocco announced that it has accepted the offer of assistance from Spain, the UK, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following the earthquake. The statement said that the search and rescue teams in question entered the country on Sunday to work in coordination with Moroccan teams, and that offers of support from other friendly countries may be accepted according to possible needs that may arise in the field. The statement also welcomed solidarity offers and initiatives from various countries.
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