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Morocco Earthquake Toll Rises to 820: Recovery Efforts Underway

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The death toll from the Morocco earthquake has now climbed to 820, with an additional 672 people reported injured, according to state-run TV.

Among the injured, 205 are in critical condition, as confirmed by the interior ministry. The earthquake, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, struck late Friday night, making it the most powerful recorded in Morocco’s history.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) noted that it was the strongest tremor to hit this region of North Africa in over a century. The quake’s epicenter was located 71 kilometers southwest of Marrakesh at a depth of 18.5 kilometers and was felt in coastal cities such as Rabat, Casablanca, and Essaouira.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his deep condolences for the lives lost in this tragic event. He conveyed his sympathies to the affected families and extended India’s support to Morocco during this difficult time.

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Messages of support have poured in from leaders around the world, with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the United Nations offering condolences and assistance to Morocco in its efforts to aid those affected by the earthquake.

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