Morocco earthquake leaves more than 2,000 dead as int'l community offer condolences

Xinhua | Updated: 2023-09-10 16:49
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People recite a prayer in front of the bodies of victims killed in an earthquake in Moulay Brahim, Al Haouz province, on Sept 9, 2023. [Photo/VCG]

Many residents spent Friday night outdoors, as witnessed by Xinhua reporters in Ouarzazate, about 190 kilometers southeast of Marrakesh.

The Moroccan state TV said most of the earthquake casualties were from remote and inaccessible mountainous regions near the epicenter, with damaged roads and further hindered rescue efforts.

Remote villages were largely cut off from the world when they lost electricity and cellphone service. Facing the devastating aftermath, people were outside mourning neighbors and surveying the damage on their camera phones.

In the hardest-hit rural areas, Moroccans climbed through the canyons between collapsed homes that cascaded across roads and towns and tried to retrieve their dead.

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