Late on Friday evening September 8, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake, followed by a 4.9 aftershock, struck the southwestern parts of Morocco. The epicenter of the earthquake was identified in the High Atlas Mountains at a depth of 18.5km. The death toll has risen to thousands of deaths with hundreds of people injured.

On Friday night, September 8, severe earthquakes of up to magnitude 6.8 hit Morocco.

News of the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Morocco late on Friday evening September 8, is a tragedy. Reports indicate that thousands of people have already been killed and hundreds more injured. We fear that the number of victims will rise as many people are trapped in the rubble and in hard-to-reach areas in the south of Marrakech.

It is distressing to hear of the events and we know that this disaster poses a significant threat to the safety of children and their families across the country.

Mariam Mzoughi Save the Children North Africa Representative

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