The death toll in the earthquake that struck Morocco late Friday night has crossed 2000. The earthquake has caused huge damage in Morocco, from which Morocco will take a long time to recover. According to the US Geological Survey report, an earthquake of 6.8 magnitude occurred in Morocco. The epicenter of this earthquake was 72 kilometers southwest of Marrakesh. The Moroccan government said that so far 2012 people have died in the earthquake and 2059 people are injured. Of these, the condition of 1404 people is critical. In such a situation, it is believed that the death toll may increase further.
People are still scared
People said that strong tremors of earthquake were also felt in Moroccan cities of Casablanca and Rabat. An elderly woman told that they were sleeping when suddenly they heard the sounds of doors slamming. She got scared by this and immediately ran out of the house. It is being told that this was the strongest earthquake in the North African country Morocco in the last 120 years.
The epicenter of the earthquake was in Al Hauz of Tarodant state and it is there that the maximum number of people lost their lives. Apart from this, people have also lost their lives in Quarazate, Chichoua, Ajilal and Youssefiya provinces as well as in Marrakesh and Agadir. One person told that as soon as the earthquake occurred, there was unbearable screaming. People started running here and there and a stampede broke out. The person said that people are still scared and sleeping on the streets. Many footage are also going viral on social media, in which people are seen running here and there in disarray.
People are still in shock in the affected areas after the earthquake. The Moroccan government said that resources have been collected and help has been sent to the affected areas. People have been appealed to donate blood. The army has started treating people by building a field hospital. The earthquake has caused huge damage in Morocco but it is still being assessed.
Foreign leaders expressed grief
Foreign leaders have also expressed condolences for those killed in Morocco. PM Modi had expressed condolences towards Morocco during the G20 meeting on Saturday itself. Now US President Joe Biden has also issued a statement saying that he is saddened by the loss of life and property caused by the earthquake in Morocco and has promised all possible help to the Moroccan government. Chinese President Xi Jinping has also expressed grief. Pope Francis has also expressed his condolences. Let us tell you that earthquake tremors were felt in Algeria also. However, there is no news of any damage there.