Rescue operations are underway in Morocco after the deadliest earthquake in more than six decades. Thousands of people spent the second night on the streets of many towns and villages in the north of the country fearing aftershocks. The death toll on Sunday exceeded 2,000. Footage from a security camera in Marrakesh shows the moment when the nightmare began in this city.
The epicenter of the earthquake that hit Morocco after 11 p.m. on Friday was just over 70 kilometers southwest of Marrakech. This historic city, popular with Moroccans and tourists alike, is one of the hardest hit. Much damage was recorded in the oldest district, buildings inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List were damaged.
The moment when the earth began to shake was recorded by surveillance cameras.
One of the recordings shows how at some point rubble begins to fall onto a narrow street. After a while, a man starts running along it. He barely managed to avoid having a large section of the wall collapse on him. The street is filled with clouds of dust.
Over two thousand dead
The death toll from the disaster is rising. On the night from Saturday to Sunday, it was reported that at least 2,012 people died. 2,059 people were injured, of which 1,404 were in critical condition.
According to the Red Cross, the next 24-48 hours will be “critical” to find people trapped under the rubble. The Moroccan army and civil defense services are taking part in the search for survivors. In the areas affected by the earthquake, tents are being set up, first aid is provided, and water and food are distributed. Rescue teams must reach the hardest-hit villages in the Atlas Mountains, where roads have been blocked by falling rocks.
The earthquake had a magnitude of 6.8. After 19 minutes, aftershocks with a magnitude of 4.9 occurred. This is the most tragic earthquake in Morocco since 1960, when 12,000 people died. According to the US Geological Survey, it was the strongest earthquake recorded in this country in at least 100 years.
Reuters, tvnmeteo.pl, PAP
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