Tragedy Strikes Morocco: Earthquake Claims Over 2,000 Lives
International Desk, 10th September: A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 rocked Morocco on Saturday night, leaving devastation in its wake. The latest reports confirm that the death toll has surpassed 2,000, with 2,012 lives tragically lost, and more than 1,400 individuals enduring severe injuries in the disaster.
News reports on Sunday detailed the nation’s response to this catastrophe. King Mohammed VI has declared three days of national mourning to honor the victims and their families. He has also taken immediate action, directing the provision of shelter, food, and essential aid for survivors. Additionally, the armed forces have been deployed to support rescue teams in their efforts.
In a solemn announcement, the royal palace stated that flags across all public buildings in Morocco will be flown at half-mast during the three-day mourning period.
The devastation of this earthquake was particularly felt in Al Haouz province, which reported the highest number of casualties, followed closely by Taroudant province.
In response to the crisis, the United Nations has expressed its readiness to assist the Moroccan government in their rescue and relief efforts.
The seismic event struck at 11:11 pm local time, with tremors lasting for several seconds. The United States Geological Survey reported the epicenter was in the High Atlas Mountains, approximately 71 kilometers (44 miles) southwest of Marrakesh, at a depth of 18.5 kilometers. A 4.9 magnitude aftershock occurred just 19 minutes later, adding to the region’s distress.
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, has extended his support, promising all possible assistance to Morocco in this difficult time.
As Morocco grapples with the aftermath of this devastating earthquake, the nation and the international community stand united in providing aid and support to those affected by this tragic event.