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Morocco earthquake: ‘We need help from whomever will give it’

Morocco earthquake: ‘We need help from whomever will give it’

Africa News, International
In the tiny village of Algou, high in the Atlas Mountains, screams came from under the rubble in the terrifying moments after the earthquake. But as the hours passed and with no specialist rescue teams appearing to assist the desperate efforts of the villagers, the screams turned to silence. Three days on, the Spanish firefighters who were the first professional teams to reach the devastated community hoped time had not run out. As they briskly picked their way through caved-in streets and collapsed archways their experience told them there was, however, no hope. The grim reality was reinforced by the reaction of their dogs. Igor and Teddy had been trained to bark when they found signs of life. The silence was deafening. “There is nothing we can do here,” said Juan Lopez...
Moroccan earthquake survivors left to fend for themselves in the Atlas Mountains

Moroccan earthquake survivors left to fend for themselves in the Atlas Mountains

Headlines Today, International, World News
Moulay Brahim was once a happy place for Sami Sensis. The village is located high in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains, and its scenery, the fresh air, the friendly people drew his parents there nearly every summer. Now they are buried somewhere under the rubble of their hotel on the edge of what remains of the village. The building partially collapsed after a powerful earthquake struck Moulay Brahim late on Friday night. The epicentre of the 6.8-magnitude earthquake was not far from the village that lies about two hours southwest of Marrakech. The quake, the strongest to hit Morocco in more than 120 years, killed more than 2,000 people. Many others remain missing. Local officials told CNN that 25 people were killed in the village. Three people – including Sensis’ mother ...

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