Survivors of Morocco earthquake struggle to find food, water and shelter
Survivors of Morocco’s deadliest earthquake in more than 60 years are struggling to find food, water and shelter as the search for the missing continues in remote villages.
The death toll from the 6.8 magnitude quake has climbed to 2,122 with 2,421 people injured. Many people are spending a third night in the open after their homes were destroyed.
The quake’s epicenter was in the High Atlas mountains, a rugged region where many villages are remote and difficult to reach. Relief workers are facing the challenge of getting aid to the affected areas.
The government has set up a fund for those affected by the earthquake and is providing food, tents and blankets. It has also deployed search-and-rescue teams and is working to restore water and power supplies.
Foreign countries have also offered assistance, including Spain, Britain and Qatar. The United States has sent a team of disaster experts to assess the situation.
The quake has caused widespread damage to homes and infrastructure. The World Health Organization says more than 300,000 people have been affected by the disaster.
The government has declared three days of mourning and King Mohammed VI has called for prayers for the dead.
The quake is a major challenge for Morocco, which is already struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The country has reported more than 900,000 cases of the virus and more than 12,000 deaths.
The quake is also a reminder of the risk of natural disasters in Morocco, which is located in a seismically active region. The country has experienced several major earthquakes in recent decades, including a 6.3 magnitude quake in 2004 that killed more than 600 people.
The government has said it is taking steps to mitigate the risk of future earthquakes, such as strengthening building codes and improving early warning systems.
However, the quake has highlighted the need for more to be done to protect people from natural disasters.
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