Disasters & Accidents

Flags at half-mast in Marrakech as search for survivors continues

Marrakech, Morocco, Sep 10 (EFE).- Flags were flying at half mast at public buildings and hotels in Marrakech on Sunday, as Morocco mourns the victims of a magnitude-7 earthquake.

At least 2,012 people are confirmed to have died in Friday night’s earthquake, with a similar number of injured. Casualty figures are expected to climb on Sunday as the search for survivors continues.

In Marrakech, blankets were being distributed to the those who slept outdoors among the rubble of damaged or destroyed buildings for fear of aftershocks.

Some tourists have remained in the city, one of the country’s most popular destinations, although many have booked flights to leave due to the emergency.

Meanwhile, international aid is beginning to arrive. A contingent of the Spanish Military Emergency Unit (UME) with 65 members and four sniffer dogs was heading to Morocco to help in the search and rescue work, while a team of Spanish firefighters was on its way to Marrakech. EFE


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