The powerful earthquake that rocked Morocco has killed 1,037 people as of Saturday (9/9/2023). World leaders express condolences. Photo/REUTERS/Abdelhak Balhaki
MARRAKESH – A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.8 shook Morocco has killed thousands of people. World leaders expressed condolences and were ready to distribute aid.
The earthquake on Friday evening local time hit the provinces of Al Haouz, Ouarzazate, Marrakesh, Azilal, Chichaoua and Taroudant.
The Moroccan Ministry of Interior on Saturday (9/9/2023) said the death toll had reached 1,037 people. 1,200 people were injured, including hundreds in critical condition. Many ancient buildings were also destroyed.
World Reaction to Morocco’s Powerful Earthquake
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) expressed his condolences via social media
“I extend my deepest condolences to the Moroccan people following the tragic earthquake. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and everyone affected by this incident,” read the English translation of President Jokowi’s official account post.
African Union Commission Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat expressed “extreme sadness” over the devastating earthquake in Morocco.
“I am aware with great sadness of the tragic consequences of the earthquake that struck the kingdom of Morocco,” said Mahamat, while offering his sincere condolences to King Mohammed VI, the Moroccan people and the families of the victims.
Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolence to King Mohammed VI of Morocco. That’s the report from the Chinese government television station, CCTV.
“I was shocked to learn that a strong earthquake has occurred in your esteemed country, causing heavy casualties and property damage,” Xi said.
“On behalf of the Chinese government and people, I would like to express my deep condolences to the victims and my sincere condolences to their families. I am confident that, under the leadership of His Majesty the King, the government and people of Morocco will be able to overcome the impact of this disaster and rebuild their homeland as soon as possible.”
The European Union said in a statement that its emergency response center was monitoring the situation and ready to help.