Morocco Announces Three Days of National Mourning, Flags Half-Mast

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck Morocco's High Atlas mountains late on Friday night.

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Three Days of National Mourning After Earthquake

Morocco is currently experiencing a period of intense sadness following a devastating earthquake that rocked the country. Moroccan flags will be flown at half-staff on all public structures as part of a solemn three-day national mourning period, as stated by the royal palace.

As This solemn choice was reached during a conference presided over by King Mohammed VI that was called in reaction to the catastrophic earthquake that occurred on Friday night.

A Devastating Earthquake

The earthquake, which occurred southwest of the popular tourist destination Marrakesh, has already left a devastating toll in its wake. It stands as the deadliest earthquake to strike Morocco in decades, claiming the lives of over 1,000 individuals and inflicting injuries upon an additional 1,832 people, with many in critical condition.

Immediate Actions in Response to the Tragedy

Following comprehensive briefings by officials, King Mohammed VI took decisive actions in response to the disaster. He ordered the immediate establishment of a commission tasked with coordinating an emergency rehabilitation and aid program aimed at rebuilding the homes destroyed in the disaster-stricken areas.

Additionally, the commission will oversee the care and support of distressed individuals, with special attention given to orphans and the vulnerable members of the affected communities.

Furthermore, the king directed the provision of essential necessities such as accommodation, food, and other basic requirements to those in need. To facilitate the outpouring of assistance, a special account for aid donations will be established at the central bank.

As Morocco grapples with the aftermath of this tragic earthquake, the nation unites in mourning, and efforts are underway to provide immediate relief and support to the affected communities.

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