Responding to the Earthquake in Morocco
Late on Friday, September 8, a 6.8-magnitude struck a mountainous region of central Morocco, about 45 miles southwest of the historic city of Marrakech. The quake was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks.
More than 2,400 people have been killed, thousands have been injured and many thousands have lost their homes. These numbers will likely rise as search-and-rescue efforts continue. Infrastructure—including power, water and, importantly, healthcare facilities—have also been extensively damaged.
International Medical Corps is deploying an Advance Emergency Medical Team (EMT) to Marrakech to coordinate with government authorities and international agencies to lay the foundation for the potential deployment of a full EMT. We are also working with partners to:
• distribute medicines, medical equipment and supplies to impacted health facilities;
• provide expanded access to health and mental health services; and
• deliver non-food items to displaced families.
Search-and-rescue efforts are still underway and will be the priority of the international community in the coming days. Debris and mountainous terrain are restricting access to some of the hardest-hit and poorest communities—stranding survivors without access to food, water, healthcare and other essential resources and services.
Your contribution, at any level, is urgently needed and will help provide relief to impacted families.
*Please Note for recurring donations: Once we have determined that the community can continue to respond to the after-effects of this emergency without us, we will scale back our response efforts. At that time, we will redirect your future donations where they are needed most, to help us respond to future outbreaks of conflict, disease or disaster.
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