The devastating Moroccan earthquake left trauma for the victims. Saida Bodchich was sleeping at home in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh when an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale rocked the area. He couldn’t escape quickly, as a result Bodchich was trapped when the roof of his house collapsed on Friday night. Luckily, neighbors
The devastating Moroccan earthquake left trauma for the victims. Saida Bodchich was sleeping at home in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh when an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale rocked the area. He couldn’t escape quickly, as a result Bodchich was trapped when the roof of his house collapsed on Friday night. Luckily, neighbors came to the rescue and pulled him out.
More than 2,012 people died and at least 2,059 people were injured as a result of the earthquake. The earthquake destroyed historic buildings in Marrakesh, Morocco’s fourth largest city.
Many residents in the affected areas lost their homes due to the disaster. Many chose to sleep out in the open on Saturday night, fearing aftershocks or damage to roofs and walls from collapsing.
Khadijah Satou, another Marrakesh resident, felt her room spinning as she tried to figure out what was happening. “I was just in bed and getting ready to sleep when things started to feel a bit shaky,” he said as quoted by Al Jazeera, Monday, September 11 2023.
“At first I thought, maybe there was a fire next door or there was a building. But the shaking was not something normal. I felt the room was spinning. It was very traumatic. I’m talking about it now but the feeling was very bad,” he said. “I heard people screaming and then I realized it was an earthquake.”
Satou runs out of his apartment, without shoes or phone. The stairs in his building shook as he left.
I thought the earthquake was very short but it felt very long. People were crying, scared and everyone was hugging each other.”
The earthquake was recorded at a depth of 26 kilometers, making it more powerful than a deep earthquake of the same strength. The earthquake was Morocco’s deadliest since 1960. Most of the fatalities were reported in mountainous areas in the southern provinces of Al-Haouz and Taroudant.
More than 2,100 victims died in Morocco’s deadliest earthquake in more than six decades. Victims are now struggling to find food, water and shelter.
The death toll rose to 2,122 people and 2,421 people were injured. The Moroccan government said it may receive offers of assistance from other countries and will try to coordinate if necessary.
Damage occurred to Morocco’s cultural heritage, namely the collapse of an important historical mosque in the 12th century. The earthquake also damaged parts of the old city of Marrakesh, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The government said on Sunday that it had set aside funds for those affected by the earthquake. The government also said it was strengthening search and rescue teams, providing drinking water and distributing food, tents and blankets. According to the World Health Organization or WHO, more than 300,000 people were affected by the disaster.