Death toll from earthquake rises to almost 2,500

Death toll from earthquake rises to almost 2,500
September 11, 2023 – 09:28

It is not ruled out that the number could continue to increase due to the high number of injuries and the search for more victims in the rubble.


He Moroccan Ministry of the Interior announced today a devastating rise in death toll after violent earthquake that shook the region southwest of the resort city of Marrakesh last Friday. He provisional balance rose to 2,497 deathsand a total of 2,476 people injured.

He initial report of fatalities, published on Sunday, reported a total of 2,122 deaths. However, Moroccan authorities confirmed the tragic figure of 2,497 in a statement released today.

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The earthquake, which occurred on Friday night, was magnitude 6.8 according to American Geological Surveys and out of 7 according to the Moroccan center for scientific and technical research. This earthquake was classified as the most powerful in modern history from North Africa.

The Haouz provinceepicenter of the earthquake, was the most affected with a total of 1,452 fatalities, followed by 764 in Taroudant (in these two areas, located southwest of the tourist city of Marrakech, the earthquake caused the destruction of entire villages), 202 in Chichaoua, 41 in Ouarzazate, 18 in Marrakech, 11 in Azilal, five in Agadir, three in the province of Casablanca and a person in Youssoufia.

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New earthquake in the Marrakech-Safi region

In a worrying development, a reported new earthquake with a magnitude of 3.9 on the Richter scale shook the region yesterday, according to the Europa Press agency. He United States Geological Survey (USGS) pointed out that this new earthquake occurred at 7:59 local time in a mountainous area south of the Marrakech-Safi regionwith the epicenter located 10 kilometers deep, halfway between the cities of Marrakech and Agadir.

On Sunday, in a act of solidaritynumerous residents They went to the hospitals of Marrakech to donate blood in support of victims of the catastrophe.


Tasks continue against the clock among the rubble

The rescue teams in Morocco they continue this Monday with the task of find survivors in the rubble. The government said that search teams from Britain, Spain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates they joined the efforts to excavate villages in the Atlas Mountains.

For his part, the king Mohammed VI ordered three days of national mourning starting Sunday and ordered water, food rations and shelter to be provided to those who lost their homes. While the army mobilized specialized search and rescue teams.

But it’s not just about the city, The most affected areas were the villages beyond Marrakech, where many have not yet received help. In remote mountainous areas entire towns were devastated.

Source: Ambito

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