The earthquake caused significant damage to the high Atlas Mountain Range region and left many villages in remote locations practically inaccessible, thereby complicating rescue efforts.
The death toll now stands at two thousand one hundred twenty and more than 300 thousand people are affected by the disaster. Residents of affected areas are facing severe shortages of essential commodities like water, food, and power, with many homes and shops either destroyed or closed following the disaster. The quake has also significantly damaged the cultural heritage of the country by causing a historic 12th century Mosque to collapse and inflicting damage on parts of Marrakech’s old city, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Despite the government setting up a fund and mobilizing aid, including food, water, tents, and blankets, the affected residents report inadequate assistance. Foreign aid in the form of rescue specialists and sniffer dogs has started to arrive from Spain, Britain, and Qatar. Other countries like the United States and France say they are ready to help once a formal request has been sent by Morocco.
A second 4.7 earthquake was also felt in northern Iraq on Sunday. No injuries nor deaths have been reported.