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Morocco, a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. Marrakesh’s medina, a mazelike medieval quarter, offers entertainment in its Djemaa el-Fna square and souks (marketplaces) selling ceramics, jewelry and metal lanterns. The capital Rabat’s Kasbah of the Udayas is a 12th-century royal fort overlooking the water. ― Google

Capital: Rabat

Population: 37.34 million (2021) World Bank

Currency: Moroccan Dirham

Continent: Africa

King: Mohammed VI

Official languages: Arabic, Standard Moroccan Berber

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On September 8, a powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Morocco, resulting in a devastating toll, with at least 800 people confirmed dead and more than 300 injured. The Moroccan Red Crescent (MRCS) swiftly responded, collaborating closely with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and local authorities to assess the situation, conduct search and rescue operations, and provide crucial aid to those affected. Their efforts include delivering first aid, offering psychosocial support, and facilitating the transportation of the injured to medical facilities.

Many of the hardest-hit areas are remote and located in rugged terrain, posing logistical challenges. Nevertheless, the IFRC is actively supporting the Moroccan Red Crescent Society to assess the situation comprehensively and is prepared to deploy emergency response teams within 24 to 48 hours as per the evolving needs.

Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies from Africa, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Europe have extended their support to assist in the relief efforts.

Dr. Hossam Elsharkawi, Regional Director of Middle East and North Africa for the IFRC, emphasized the long-term nature of this response, stating that it may extend for months, if not years, given the scale of the disaster.

Caroline Holt, Global Director of Operations for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, underscored the critical importance of the next 24 to 48 hours in saving lives. Priorities include search and rescue operations and ensuring the well-being of survivors. Additionally, addressing the dignified management of deceased individuals, providing access to safe water, and maintaining hygiene standards are key concerns to prevent further humanitarian challenges.

UPDATE: 
After the 6.8 M earthquake of 8 September in Al Haouz Province, the number of casualties is increasing.

  • According to the national authorities, 2,946 people died while the amount of injured people reached 5,674.
  • The Government of Morocco is conducting the emergency response, in addition, the UN continues close communication with the national authorities.
  • The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMSR695) was activated in rapid mapping mode on 9 September and 16 maps have been produced so far.

Media inquiries can be directed to media@ifrc.org for more information or interview requests related to this emergency.

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Humanitarian Impact
  100,000
      Affected Persons
                ↳ Updated: 14-Sep-23
  10,000
        Displaced Persons
  5,674
        Persons Injured
  2946
        Deaths

OCHA coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crises.

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