Somali Magazine September 10, 2023-According to the Moroccan Interior Ministry, at least 2,012 people were killed and 2,059 were injured as a result of a massive earthquake that slammed the country on Saturday.
There are 1,404 critical cases among the injuries.
The magnitude-7 quake killed people in several areas, including El-Houz, Taroudant, Chichaoua, Tiznit, Marrakech, Azilal, Agadir, Casablanca, and Youssoufia, according to the government.
According to Morocco’s National Geophysical Institute, the quake was the strongest to strike the North African country in the recent century.
The epicentre, which struck just after 11 p.m. local time, was 75 kilometres (46.6 miles) southeast of Marrakech, at a depth of 18.5 kilometres, according to the US Geological Survey.
The situation was believed to be particularly terrible in the Marrakech region, where buildings had collapsed and residents were said to be trapped under debris.
According to media reports, buildings were destroyed, including the renowned red walls that enclose the ancient city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Royal Armed Forces warned civilians to be cautious and instructed them to safe areas to avoid aftershocks.
Tremors were reported in neighbouring Algeria and Mauritania as well.
According to the Moroccan state news agency, MAP, authorities have initiated an operation to bring relief to earthquake-affected areas.
“Seven trucks loaded with blankets, camp beds, and lighting equipment are ready in Al Arjat village in Sale’s northern city of Sale to be delivered to residents in affected areas,” MAP added.
The Turkish Red Crescent said it is constantly monitoring developments and is working with foreign humanitarian organisations and others in the region.
In 2004, a magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck northern Morocco, killing around 600 people and injuring many more.