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Earthquake in Morocco: More than 1,000 dead from 6.9 Richter – The Army is also involved in rescue operations

The death toll from strong earthquake of 6.9 Richter which shocked Morocco. According to what was broadcast by state television citing data from the country’s Ministry of the Interior, the dead have reached 1,037.

At the same time, more than 1,200 people have been injured by the impact of Enceladus, late on Friday night. 721 of the injured are hospitalized in critical condition, according to the Interior Ministry. The major earthquake, whose epicenter was in al-Hawz province southwest of the tourist city of Marrakesh, caused massive property damage and spread panic in Marrakesh and other cities.

Many buildings have collapsed, mainly in the provinces and municipalities of Haouz, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Azilal, Shisawa and Taroudad, with the result that the number of people trapped under debris is so far unknown.

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI ordered the armed forces to mobilize air and ground forces, specialized search and rescue teams and a surgical hospital, the Associated Press reported, citing an Army statement.

The news agency says the measure is an indication of the massive devastation in the country from the deadly earthquake. However, despite offers of help from around the world, the Moroccan government had not formally requested help.

Messages of support from around the world

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, today expressed “deep sorrow for the lives lost and the devastation caused by the earthquake in Morocco,” in a statement issued from New Delhi, where he is attending the G20 summit. The US is trying to “ensure that American citizens in Morocco are safe” and “stands ready to provide any necessary assistance to the Moroccan people,” the US president said, adding that he stands “with our friend King Mohammed VI at this difficult time.” ».

On his part, the United Kingdom said today it is ready to provide aid to Morocco after the earthquake. “My thoughts are with all those affected by the terrible earthquake in Morocco last night,” British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Twitter, adding that “The UK stands ready to provide support to our Moroccan friends». Earlier this morning, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley stressed that the UK continues to “support British nationals in the region”.

THE Spain proposed sending rescue teams to Morocco after the powerful earthquake, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albarez announced. “Spain is offering Morocco, if it deems necessary, rescue teams, which is the most important thing at the moment, but also its help for reconstruction, once this moment has passed,” the minister told reporters on the sidelines of the summit G20 in India.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also sent a message of condolence after the “catastrophic” earthquake, while he spoke of “horrific news from Morocco”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the “friendly people” of Morocco, the Kremlin said in a statement: “In Russia we share the pain and mourning of the friendly people of Morocco,” Putin said in a message to the the country’s king Mohammed V, while also expressing “my sincere condolences for the tragic consequences of the devastating earthquake”.

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent an “arresting message” to Morocco, state broadcaster CCTV reported. “On September 9, President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolence to King Mohammed VI of Morocco for the strong earthquake” in that country, it said.

The pope expressed his “intense solidarity” with Morocco, according to a Vatican statement.

See images of destruction from Marrakesh

Source: News Beast

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