Rescuers in Morocco are rushing to pull survivors from the rubble after the country’s worst earthquake in a century toppled homes and buildings, killing at least 2,000 people.
The 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck in the mountains south of Marrakech, an ancient city that is a popular tourist destination. Buildings collapsed, littering its cobbled streets with mounds of red dust from the ancient walled city.
The earthquake especially devastated communities in the Atlas Mountains, where the full extent of the damage is still unknown. Debris has blocked some of the region’s roads, making it difficult for rescue teams to reach remote communities. The quake also cut power and mobile phone service in some areas. The death toll is expected to rise: Most houses are made of mud bricks, a traditional construction method that is vulnerable to earthquakes and heavy rain.
Frantic rescue efforts
In some remote areas, people dug through the rubble with their bare hands looking for survivors. Others climbed up the canyons between the collapsed houses to retrieve the bodies. The UN said more than 300,000 people in and around Marrakech had been affected by the quake.
Emergency teams from around the world are arriving to help. One of the first countries to offer help was Turkey, which experienced its own earthquake in February that killed tens of thousands of people there and in neighboring Syria. Spain’s foreign minister said the country would send search and rescue teams to try to “find as many people as possible alive.” The Moroccan army said the air force was evacuating victims from a hard-hit region to a military hospital in Marrakesh.
Still, some foreign crews complained that the government approval process for salvage efforts had been slow. Some villages have not yet received any aid, according to reports on social media. A man who said he was volunteering as a rescue worker in a province southwest of the epicenter pleaded for more help in an Instagram video. “We have no food or water. There are still people underground. Some of them are still alive,” he said, adding, “There are some villages we couldn’t reach.”
Are here the latest updates:
Replica: A magnitude 3.9 earthquake, almost certainly an aftershock, struck Morocco this morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Fearing aftershocks, many people spent the weekend sleeping outdoors on grassy medians and roundabouts near a highway leading to Marrakech.
Accommodation: The office of Morocco’s leader, King Mohammed VI, said he had ordered the government to quickly provide shelter and rebuild houses for those in difficulty, “particularly orphans and the vulnerable.”
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“My husband and four children died,” a woman he told Moroccan state television. “Mustafa, Hassan, Ilhem, Ghizlaine, Ilyes. Everything she had is gone. I’m all alone.”
Moroccan media reported that no deaths had been reported in Marrakech hotels and that no major damage had occurred at the airport.
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I spoke to the great cartoonist Roz Chast, who grew up in New York and whose work is deeply associated with the city, about the irritation of moving to the suburbs.
You’ve written about feeling like you didn’t fit in as a child. Do you remember the first time you thought I fit in?
When I got my first apartment in the city. When I got out of art school (at the Rhode Island School of Design), I thought, “My cartoons are weird. “They make me laugh, but this is like nothing I see.” Then I decided to start spreading my cartoons and that’s when things started to change. That has a lot to do with why I love New York. It was the first time in my life that I didn’t feel like I was in the wrong place, in the wrong clothes, at the wrong time.
How did moving to the suburbs change that?
I felt like I didn’t fit in. I remember going to a PTA meeting and thinking, I hate this so much. I can’t stand any of these people. There was a picnic, you know the picnic?
I had decided to be a helping parent and someone gave me an ice pack to break and I didn’t know how. I was hitting him with a branch! This woman took it from me with this “tsk!” and she drops the ice bag on the floor. She acted like, “You’re an idiot,” and I kind of knew she was.
Will my nagging feeling that moving to the suburbs somehow represents a personal failure ever go away?
It must be repressed. (Laughter.) Suppress it deeply.
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