Morocco earthquake: More than 2,000 dead; Marrakech residents sleep outdoors
The earthquake on Sunday prompted a global response, with various nations and organizations offering their support. Pope Francis commended the efforts of the rescue teams while France expressed its readiness to provide assistance. Meanwhile, Spain dispatched search-and-rescue teams as per the request of Moroccan authorities.
Addressing the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis offered his prayers for the injured and the numerous lives lost in the catastrophe. He also extended his thoughts to the affected families.
The Royal Moroccan Armed Forces updated the statistics related to the earthquake, reporting a death toll of 2,122 and 2,421 individuals injured.
In addition to government responses, nonprofit organizations have also stepped in to aid those affected by the disaster. José Andrés, the founder of World Central Kitchen, announced that their food trucks were being deployed to remote areas severely impacted by the earthquake.
Due to blocked roads and challenging mountainous terrain, the delivery of food to those in need often required transport on foot, he explained.