« Rescuers pulled out bodies from the rubble in Marrakesh challenging conditions after a powerful earthquake struck Morocco on Sunday, leaving over 2,000 people dead.
The death toll is expected to rise as rescue efforts continued in hard-hit remote areas. The Interior Ministry has reported that the highest number of deaths occurred in Al Haouz province, with 1,293 fatalities.
More than 2,059 people have been injured, including 1,404 in critical condition. The quake’s epicentre was in the High Atlas mountains, approximately 72 kilometres (45 miles) southwest of Marrakesh with its rich historic and cultural heritage.
The earthquake has caused significant damage to infrastructure, including the city’s historic walls among other structures. The government has declared three days of national mourning after the disaster.
The earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.8, is the deadliest to hit the North African country in decades as well as the most powerful to hit the Marrakesh area in over 120 years, according to the US Geological Survey. »