Terrible Earthquake kills over 600 in Morocco

More than 600 people have died after a powerful earthquake struck central Morocco.

The country’s interior ministry said the quake, a magnitude 6.8, sent people into the streets in Marrakesh and other cities.

Many of the deaths were said to be in hard-to-reach mountain areas, and at least 153 people were injured

US Geological Survey said the quake struck just after 23:00 local time, at a relatively shallow depth 71 kilometers south-west of Marrakesh.

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French President Emmanuel Macron says he is “devastated” by the news, and added that his country stands “ready to help with first aid”.

The United Nations (UN) also said it is ready to help the Moroccan government following the strong earthquake that hit the country.

In a statement by the spokesman of the UN, ”Stéphane Dujarric,” The secretary-general expresses his solidarity with the government and people of Morocco and sends his most sincere condolence to the families of the victims “.

The number of casualties is expected to rise further as the earthquake, is said to have hit a third of the country.

The BBC reports that there are big difficulties in reaching remote villages in the Atlas Mountains, which were severely hit by the earthquake.

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