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Fatima, a 59-year-old earthquake survivor, reacts after receiving a shelter tent and relief aid in the town of Amizmiz in al-Haouz province in the High Atlas mountains of central Morocco on September 12, 2023. (Photo by FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images)

OAN’s Abril Elfi
3:06 PM – Tuesday, September 12, 2023

As days pass after the deadly earthquake that hit Morocco, the death toll continues to rise. 


Four days after the 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit in central Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains on Friday at around 11:11 p.m., the death toll has now reportedly risen to almost 3,000.

According to reports, buildings damaged by the quake are still collapsing in on themselves from aftershocks. On one mountain, 48 people died from aftershock crumbles on Tuesday.

The country’s Interior Ministry stated on Tuesday that the confirmed dead toll was 2,901, with around 5,530 others injured.

As time passed, rescuers and neighbors were left digging desperately in the dirt and debris in an attempt to save their loved ones.

Experts claim that the magnitude of the earthquake was equivalent to “thirty atomic bombs.”

In order for rescuers and humanitarian workers to offer assistance, there is just one road into town, which is a one-lane highway where you can travel up. However, rockfall could soon affect the entrance.

According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the death toll may be substantially higher, with at least 10,000 people reported missing.

Sympathetic tourists and residents signed up to give blood to anyone who needed it. 

“I did not even think about it twice,” Jalila Guerina told reporters, “Especially in the conditions where people are dying, especially at this moment when they are needing help, any help.” 

Gambia’s national soccer team, who were in Morocco when the earthquake struck, donated blood before flying back home

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