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Anger and despair in quake-ravaged Morocco as communities wait for help

By Claire Parker

10 Sep 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. A 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Morocco has resulted in over 2,122 deaths and more than 2,400 injuries, with the death toll expected to rise as the full scale of the tragedy becomes clear. The quake has caused widespread devastation in the High Atlas Mountains, with many homes destroyed and lives shattered.

AMIZMIZ, Morocco - Communities near the epicenter of Morocco's powerful earthquake were a picture of devastation and anger Sunday, as residents described using their bare hands to pull loved ones from the rubble. In most places, there was no sign of government-promised rescue teams, and there was no word yet from many villages higher up in the mountains.

Moroccan authorities said late Saturday that more than 2,122 people had been killed and more than 2,400 injured in the 6.8-magnitude quake that destroyed homes and shattered lives throughout the High Atlas Mountains. Three days of mourning have been declared nationwide and the death toll is expected to rise as the full scale of the tragedy comes into view.

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