Marocco Earthquake, 12 September 2023 – updated news
The number of people who died in Friday’s earthquake has now risen to almost 2,497, according to the Moroccan interior ministry.
Another 2,500 individuals were injured in the earthquake that has devastated villages in the Atlas Mountains.
The World Health Organisation estimates that 300,000 people have been affected by the disaster, and the earthquake is the largest to have hit the region since before 1900.
Villages in ruins
Many organizations have sent emergency teams to the area to assess the most critical needs and identify local humanitarian organisations they can work with to deliver vital aid.
During these assessments; there is evidence that villages such as Tikekht, has been badly hit. Of the 80 people who lived in the village, only 6 are thought to have survived.
Till now, getting aid to the remote areas is proving difficult due to the extensive damage done to the roads. Field hospitals are being constructed, and a huge tent camp has been set up near Asni town, near the epicentre of the quake, for families that have lost their homes.
Many grief-stricken survivors have no shelter, and are suffering from extreme heat during the day, and bitter cold at night.
There is real need and emergency to respond in order to help people living their hard situation.