The long wait for help…
Shock is turning into anger as people in Morocco wait for aid – nearly 4 days after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake killed at least 2,680 people. Reports from the Atlas Mountains foothills south of Marrakesh say locals have no food or water. “No one came to us, we don’t have anything,” one man said. Other reports say thousands of people are living in tents on the side of roads because they’re too afraid to return to their damaged homes. Rescue teams from Spain, the UK, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are headed to the disaster zone to boost the search for survivors and will focus on remote villages where help is sparse. Spain’s defence minister Margarita Robles says they’ll continue to “send whatever is needed because everyone knows that these first hours are key, especially if there are people buried under rubble”.
If you want to know more about this disaster and why Morocco is vulnerable to earthquakes, look no further than our latest Squiz Shortcut, hot off the press this morning.
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