Desperate search for last survivors of Morocco earthquake as thousands die

The devastating consequences of Morocco’s earthquake on the village of Imi N’Tala

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 has killed at least 2,900 people in Morocco and injured more than 5,000 people as a desperate search for survivors continues.

Teams of rescuers are working tirelessly to find those people buried beneath rubble who may have survived.

They are also searching for the dead, many of whom are buried under the rubble of collapsed buildings. Hopes of finding survivors are rapidly fading.

An area south of Marrakesh, deep in the Atlas Mountains has been hardest hit.

The initial earthquake, which struck on Friday was followed by several aftershocks, making the situation even more challenging. Both local and international aid workers have rushed to the area to provide food, water, and clear blocked roads.

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But there is a concern about shelter, as heavy rain is forecast in coming days. Many buildings have been damaged, leaving people in need of refuge.

Remy Mossu, the director of the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, told Sky News more than 25 aftershocks have already hit the country since the 6.8 magnitude earthquake and more are expected.

He said: “There will be aftershocks. It is not probably, it is a certainty.”

As of Tuesday, the death toll has risen to 2,901, with most of the casualties in Al Haouz province. The number of injured currently stands at 5,530, according to the Moroccan Interior Ministry.

The majority of the victims lived in the city of Derna on the northern Mediterranean coast, where 2,300 people are believed to have died.

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Some villages have lost more than half of their population in the earthquake as well as seeing residents displaced as some dig with their bare hands.

Morocco has deployed ambulances, rescue teams, and soldiers for help, but they have only accepted limited foreign aid. Assistance from Spain, Qatar, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates has been welcomed.

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI thanked the global response. The UK is sending 60 search and rescue experts and four search dogs to help with the relief efforts.

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