Morocco quake death toll surges to 1,037, the whole country is in ruins

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epa10850150 People search the rubble of a damaged building with the help of an excavator following an earthquake in Marrakesh, Morocco, 09 September 2023. A powerful earthquake that hit central Morocco late 08 September, killed at least 820 people and injured 672 others, according to a provisional report from the country's Interior Ministry. The earthquake, measuring magnitude 6.8 according to the USGS, damaged buildings from villages and towns in the Atlas Mountains to Marrakesh. EPA-EFE/JALAL MORCHIDI

he death toll in the massive earthquake that struck Morocco has climbed to 1,037 people, Moroccan state television reports, says the Interior Ministry.

About 1,204 others were injured, including 721 with serious wounds, due to the quake that rattled several areas in the North African country, a ministry’s official says in a televised update.

In the province of Al Haouz, the epicenter of the quake, 542 fatalities have been registered, according to the ministry.

It is feared that the death toll will rise, as a third of the country has been affected by the earthquake.

 

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