On Friday, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck the town of Al Hoceima in Morocco, causing widespread destruction and claiming the lives of at least 2,122 people. The quake was centred on Talat Nyakoub, with the surrounding areas also feeling several aftershocks.
The Moroccan government declared a state of emergency in the region and launched a wide-scale rescue effort with the help of international aid organisations. Emergency teams have been working around the clock to search for survivors and assist those injured or displaced. Most of the victims were found in Al Hoceima, but many were found in nearby towns and villages.
The Moroccan government has been praised for its swift response and for providing aid to the affected areas. The government has sent supplies such as food, water, and medical assistance, and it has set up temporary housing and medical facilities for the displaced. It has also provided financial aid to those affected by the quake.
The death toll from the earthquake is expected to rise, as many of the buildings in the affected areas were not built to withstand such a powerful tremor. It is believed that the ground shaking caused by the earthquake may have caused some of the buildings to collapse, resulting in further casualties.
The Moroccan government has appealed for international assistance to help with the recovery effort, and aid organisations have already begun to send aid to the region. As the country continues to mourn for those who have died in the tragedy, the Moroccan government will work hard to ensure that the affected areas receive the help they need to recover.