Morocco Earthquake: Death Toll Passes 2,000 As More Countries Offer Support
The death toll from the earthquake in Morocco has surpassed over 2,000 people, as search efforts continue for more survivors.
It’s estimated nearly 2,500 people have also been injured in the strongest quake to hit the country’s centre in more than a decade.
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On Friday, Marrakech was hit with a 6.8 magnitude earthquake, followed with a 3.9 magnitude aftershock on Sunday.
The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, expressed his gratitude to the “brotherly and friendly countries” which have offered support.
“The most sincere gratitude of the Kingdom of Morocco to the many brotherly and friendly countries that have expressed their solidarity with the Moroccan people in this difficult situation, and several of which have expressed their availability to provide aid and assistance in these special circumstances,” he said.
Water and supplies have been brought to survivors by soldiers and workers. The United Nations said it had deployed a team to Morocco to see how international aid could assist.
Listen to today’s episode of The Briefing, explaining how Morocco is dealing with its biggest quake in 120 years.
The Spanish militarily said in a statement on Sunday morning an Air Force Plane with 56 soldiers and four dogs had been flown over to assist.
A further 30 rescuers and four dogs were deployed on Sunday afternoon after a formal request from Rabat.
Britain has also since sent a team to assist, and Qatar and the UAE have also offered its support.
“Sixty UK search and rescue specialists, four search dogs and rescue equipment deployed to Morocco,” Britain’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said.
“Foreign Secretary has spoken to Foreign Minister (Nasser) Bourita and UK remains in close contact with the Moroccan authorities.”
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