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Search, rescue operations continue for 8th day in quake-hit Morocco

September 15, 2023 at 5:35 pm

Spanish search and rescue team continue its efforts for people trapped under rubble on the fifth day after 7 magnitude earthquake in Imi N’Tala village, 20 kilometers from Amizmiz town, south of Marrakesh, Morocco on September 13, 2023. [Said Echarif – Anadolu Agency]

Search and rescue teams in Morocco, on Friday, continued operations for the eighth consecutive day, following the devastating earthquake that hit the country a week ago, Anadolu Agency reports.

Rescue teams pulled out corpses from the rubble in several areas, while teams still had difficulty reaching remote areas of Chichaoua, Amizmiz, and Taroudant in central Morocco.

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Survivors expressed their gratitude to all those who stand by them in their ordeal. Yet, they also told Anadolu their concerns about the coming winter and snowfall, while their homes and shelters were damaged by the quake.

Last Sunday, the Moroccan government set up special bank accounts to collect donations from the public to provide aid to quake survivors.

Some 3,000 people were killed and 5,674 injured when a magnitude 7 earthquake struck Morocco on 8 September.

The quake was the strongest to hit the North African country in a century, according to Morocco’s National Geophysical Institute.

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