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Aftershocks and Aid: The Aftermath of Morocco’s Earthquake

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Post-earthquake Morocco grapples with aftershocks, aid challenges, and 2,900 lives lost. Despite aid from four nations, remote access issues persist, but local groups and government efforts offer hope. (AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
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In the wake of last week’s devastating earthquake in Morocco, the country continues to grapple with aftershocks and the daunting task of providing aid to the affected regions. The earthquake, which claimed the lives of approximately 2,900 individuals and injured over 5,300, has left the nation in a state of emergency.

On Wednesday, an aftershock triggered panic in a village near the epicenter, a grim reminder of the ongoing seismic activity that is expected to persist for the next couple of months. These aftershocks pose a significant threat, with the potential to cause further landslides and road blockages.

The aftermath of the earthquake has made it challenging to access remote villages, particularly those nestled in rural mountainous areas. Despite the aid accepted from four countries, there is a growing concern that many people are not receiving sufficient assistance due to these logistical challenges.

However, hope persists amidst the crisis. Small groups of Moroccans have taken it upon themselves to send aid to these hard-to-reach areas. Simultaneously, the government is making concerted efforts to reopen blocked roads and ensure aid reaches those most in need.

While resources from several other countries and the United Nations remain on standby, the resilience and unity displayed by the Moroccan people in these trying times are a testament to their strength and determination.

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