From a distance the city of Moulay Brahim seems just about deserted.
Even once we arrived, I might solely see a handful of individuals in small pockets sitting below tarpaulin sheets.
We walked by abandoned streets, lined by destroyed homes, I felt like we have been alone.
However as we walked by a slim alleyway with teetering buildings towering over us, we began to listen to the murmur of individuals.
Turning the nook, we have been greeted by the sight of a whole lot of males, ladies, and kids sitting in a makeshift camp, in a type of massive courtyard.
Kids ran round whereas their moms chatted, and the boys started to unload a consignment of huge tents which were donated.
That is their life now – survivors – however a life in limbo, and worst of all, and they’re all speaking about it, they’re sitting right here understanding the rains of winter will start and the temperature will plummet.
Though there may be progress reaching the communities nonetheless lower off from the world by this earthquake, many nonetheless depend on aid provides dropped off the backs of chinooks.
They are going to be rescued as soon as the impassable mountain roads are cleared, however it can take time.
The issue for the aid effort is that it covers enormous, distant areas.
And even in cities which were reached they nonetheless need to fend for themselves and construct cowl, and they’re doing it between buildings which might be clearly unsafe and will collapse at any time.
The largest concern for the earthquake survivors right here is the climate.
They’re homeless, and residing on the road, within the rubble.
To date there is no such thing as a clue how they are going to be taken care of within the weeks and months forward.
53-year-old Zahera Benaddi says they’ve been properly taken care of with meals and shelter donations, however the climate is her absolute greatest concern.
“The issue is the chilly and rain is coming,” she informed me.
“Solely God is aware of what is going to occur sooner or later, and the way lengthy we are going to sleep on the street, or if we will discover somebody to construct us a room to remain out of the chilly… The winter is coming, it can rain and there shall be a lot of water on the bottom, that is the issue.”
This village is constructed into the facet of a mountain and floods within the wet season are widespread.
Zahera worries when the water comes it can sweep by their tents, making them uninhabitable and doubtless inflicting broken homes to break down.
The entire city is unstable already.
Hasnaa Zahrite has the identical fears. I met her as she washed her household’s garments in a plastic bucket on the street.
She reveals me her arms and arms, they’re bruised and swollen.
Utilizing her naked arms, Hasnaa dug by the rubble of her collapsed house to rescue her two kids.
She saved their lives, however what now, she asks.
“I’m anxious in regards to the future as a result of I’ve very young children, the home is gone, and now we discover ourselves on the street – we do not have wherever to go, and now the chilly and the winter is coming… we haven’t any garments, nowhere to stay, we’re homeless, as you possibly can see.”
This emergency continues to be in its early days in fact, however you get the sense extra issues are simply across the nook.
There are in fact no solutions in regards to the future proper now as a result of the current catastrophe continues.
So the hundreds of survivors excessive within the Atlas Mountains merely have to attend, bedding down exterior night time after night time.
This catastrophe is ongoing, it’d even worsen.