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Morocco earthquake death toll nears 3,000

September 27, 2023 at 8:48 pm

Search and rescue operations continue for people trapped under rubble after 7 magnitude earthquake in Talat N’Yaaqoub town of Marrakesh, Morocco on September 13, 2023 [Said Echarif/Anadolu Agency]

The death toll from a deadly earthquake that hit Morocco earlier this month has neared 3,000, the government said Wednesday, Anadolu Agency reports.

There is an update on the death toll, the martyrs’ number has risen to 2,960

government spokesman, Mustapha Baitas, told journalists.

The last update by authorities on 13 September said the death toll was 2,946.

Injuries from the quake stood at 6,125, in addition to large-scale damage to buildings and infrastructure, according to the latest update by the Interior Ministry.

The Moroccan Royal Court said 50,000 houses have completely or partially collapsed from the tremor.

“Works in the fields continue, counting the collapsed buildings is carried out in coordination between relevant authorities,” said Baitas.

The quake which hit the central region 8 September was the strongest to hit the North African country in a century, according to Morocco’s National Geophysical Institute.

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