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Morocco earthquake survivors seek aid as death toll surges past 2,100

The deadliest earthquake to strike Morocco in more than 60 years left survivors scrambling to find food, water, and shelter on Sunday as the search for the missing victims continued. 

The search for the missing victims is underway in isolated settlements and the death toll which rose to more than 2,100, is feared to increase further even after the third day. 

After the catastrophic 6.8 magnitude earthquake, that collapsed settlements following an upward explosion that struck late on Friday, many people were spending a third night outside.

Reaching the worst-affected villages in the High Atlas, a rough mountain terrain where populations are sometimes inaccessible and where many homes collapsed, is a difficulty for relief personnel, Reuters reported.

Members of Qatar Emiri Air Force load up Lekhwiyas International Search and Rescue Group equipments onto a military cargo aircraft headed to Morocco to provide aid on the ground, after an earthquake struck the country, at Al Udeid Air Base, in Doha, Qatar, September 10, 20223. — Reuters
Members of Qatar Emiri Air Force load up Lekhwiya’s International Search and Rescue Group equipments onto a military cargo aircraft headed to Morocco to provide aid on the ground, after an earthquake struck the country, at Al Udeid Air Base, in Doha, Qatar, September 10, 20223. — Reuters

As the death toll climbed to 2,122 with 2,421 people injured, aid is being dispatched to to the affected residents of Morocco after the country said that it may accept relief offers from other countries and will work to coordinate them if needed.

Countries including Turkey, Kuwait, Oman, US, Spain, UK and many more have sent aid to the country during such difficult times.

The deadly earthquake did not spare the iconic cultural heritage sites of the country as Moroccan media announced the collapse of a major mosque from the 12th century.

Additionally, a portion of Marrakech’s Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was also destroyed by the earthquake.

Residents of Moulay Brahim, a community 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Marrakech, recalled pulling the deceased out of the debris with their own hands.

A view shows damaged buildings and debris, in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in Moulay Brahim, Morocco, September 10, 2023. — Reuters
A view shows damaged buildings and debris, in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in Moulay Brahim, Morocco, September 10, 2023. — Reuters

The aftermath of the earthquake displayed a sorrowful site as, on a hillside overlooking the village, residents buried a 45-year-old woman who had died along with her 18-year-old son, while a woman sobbed loudly as the body was lowered into the grave.

Meanwhile, Hussein Adnaie, who was retrieving possessions from his damaged home, said he believed people were still buried in the rubble nearby.

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