Three days of mourning have been declared in Morocco after the catastrophic earthquake that has already claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people.
The death toll from the earthquake that hit Morocco this Friday stands at 2,012 people and the injured number 2,059, according to data collected by the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior until 10:00 p.m. local time (9:00 p.m. GMT).
In a statement, the Government reported that of the total number of injured, 1,404 are in serious condition.
According to these latest official data, victims were registered in a dozen provinces: Al Haouz, -south of Marrakech and close to the epicenter-, with 1,293 deaths, followed by Taroudant (452 deaths), Chichaoua (191 deaths), Ouarzazate ( 41), Marrakech (15), Azilal (11), Agadir (5), Casablanca (3), Al Youssufia (1) and Tinguir (1).
The seismic alert bulletin released by the Moroccan National Institute of Geophysics explains that the earthquake, of magnitude 7, shook the northern Moroccan region of Marrakech and occurred at 11:11 p.m. local time on Friday (10:11 p.m. GMT) at a depth of 8 kilometers. It had its epicenter in the town of Ighil, located about 80 kilometers southwest of the city of Marrakech.
Mexico expresses its condolences to Morocco
The Government of Mexico, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE, Chancellery), expressed this Saturday its condolences to the people and Government of Morocco for the earthquake:
“Mexico reiterates its solidarity and that of the Mexican people with Morocco, particularly with the families of the victims, and hopes for the speedy recovery of the affected areas,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The note noted that the Mexican embassy in the city of Rabat is in contact with the Mexican community and local authorities, “without any Mexican person affected having been reported so far.”
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