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‘Life is gradually returning to the city’ – Locals in Ouarzazate describe slow recovery following deadly quake

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« Following the destructive earthquake that struck Morocco, some areas are slowly showing signs of recovery.
Footage captured on Tuesday showcases the gradual resurgence of the city of Ouarzazate, located in one of the regions that was affected by the earthquake.
“Life is gradually returning to normal, thanks to His Majesty, the assigned delegation, and the local authorities for their great efforts,” said local resident Ibrahim.
« After the earthquake, things returned to normality. Everything is available in the markets. There are no changes or problems whatsoever, » shared another local.
Meanwhile, Mohammed al-Mansouri, the Head of Social Affairs and Coordination in the Ouarzazate region, explained that the regional committee, led by the mayor of the Ouarzazate region and comprising various stakeholders as members, is actively overseeing the provision of essential goods to local markets. The aim is to ensure that these markets are consistently and systematically stocked with essential items to meet the needs of the local population.
The earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.8, struck southwest of Marrakech last week, resulting in the loss of nearly 3,000 lives and injuring thousands more. The rescue efforts now face time constraints as they search for remaining survivors in the rubble of devastated villages in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains.
According to local authorities, the earthquake claimed lives in the provinces and municipalities of al-Haouz, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Azilal, Chichaoua, and Taroudant.
Morocco has welcomed help from countries like Qatar, Spain, the UAE, and the UK, who have sent search and rescue teams. These international teams are working together with Moroccan authorities to provide crucial assistance in the aftermath of the disaster. »


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