Humanitarian organizations are lauding the “comprehensive” response from the Moroccan government in the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that struck the High Atlas on September 8. However, as the region braces for winter, concerns arise over the well-being of those relocated to tents.
Exactly two months ago, on September 8 at 11:11 PM, the High Atlas region experienced a violent earthquake that claimed nearly 3,000 lives and displaced 300,000 individuals from their homes. The disaster left entire villages in ruins, roads collapsed, and electricity severed, marking the most powerful earthquake in Morocco’s history.
In response to the catastrophe, Moroccans rallied from across the country to provide assistance to survivors, especially in the hardest-hit provinces of Al-Haouz and Taroudant, where 90% of the casualties were recorded. Citizens spontaneously joined civil protection efforts, contributing to search and rescue operations.
Despite the initial horror, humanitarian organizations emphasize the government’s prompt and comprehensive response. However, as winter approaches, concerns emerge regarding the well-being of those relocated to tents in the affected region. The collaborative efforts and resilience displayed by Moroccans in the face of adversity highlight the nation’s solidarity in the aftermath of this seismic shock.