Rabat: Morocco was hit by a devastating earthquake late on Friday night, measuring a powerful 6.8 magnitude. According to the country’s Interior Ministry, the catastrophe has left at least 296 people dead, with the death toll expected to rise as search and rescue efforts continue. An additional 153 individuals have been hospitalised for injuries sustained during the tremor.
The earthquake wreaked havoc on major cities, causing extensive damage to buildings and instilling fear among residents. From the capital city, Rabat, to the renowned tourist destination of Marrakech, people fled to the streets and alleys seeking safety.
The epicentre, according to a news agency, was 72 kilometres west of Marrekesh. The red walls, which surround the old city and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, have also been damaged. However, the authorities are yet to figure out the scale of the damage.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences for the tragic loss of life caused by the earthquake. Taking to the social media platform X (formerly Twitter), he wrote, “Extremely pained by the loss of lives due to an earthquake in Morocco. In this tragic hour, my thoughts are with the people of Morocco. Condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. May the injured recover at the earliest. India is ready to offer all possible assistance to Morocco in this difficult time.”