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Morocco Earthquake: Convoy Is Responding With Emergency Aid

Morocco Reported by Convoy of Hope

November 8, 2023 | 2:42 p.m.

Convoy of Hope is working in Morocco to bring relief to the people left devastated by the earthquake that rocked the region in early September. More than 380,000 people were impacted by the quake, which destroyed tens of thousands of homes and buildings. 

Water filtration systems are prepared for distribution to families affected by the earthquake in Morocco.

Convoy has distributed hundreds of thousands of meals and hygiene kits and is actively sending relief supplies to mountain communities where the earthquake devastated entire villages.

In one village just outside Amizmiz, Convoy has provided critically needed water filters after the quake compromised the main water supply. Drinking contaminated water can spread disease and cause additional health problems. Now local families have access to safe drinking water.

Convoy of Hope is continuing to locate and procure supplies to meet the needs of people in Morocco. Earthquakes are incredibly devastating and leave communities reeling from the damage long after the aftershocks. Convoy is there to provide help and hope amid devastation so people know they are not alone. With their basic necessities covered, they can look to the future and start to rebuild.

October 2, 2023 | 4:14 p.m.

After the devastating earthquake in early September, Morocco is now facing the significant challenges of rebuilding more than 2,900 villages and helping the 2.8 million people affected by the destruction.

Convoy of Hope is helping families who lost their homes and livelihoods in the quake. Convoy procured thousands of relief kits that will ensure survivors’ basic needs are met, such as meals, clean water, hygiene products, and school supplies. Currently, Convoy has served more than 36,000 people in 14 different communities in the disaster zone.

Rebuilding is a daunting task. When it’s compounded by grief and the worry of not having food or a place to sleep, it can feel like an impossible task. That’s why Convoy is there to provide support and hope as Moroccans start on the road to recovery.

September 27, 2023 | 10:38 a.m.

Convoy of Hope is working with partners to provide donkeys and sheep to survivors of the Morocco earthquake.

As the earthquake hit, houses impacted by the quake in the mountains completely collapsed. Since Moroccan families often keep their livestock in the bottom floor of their homes, their animals were crushed, killing their livelihoods and creating one of the biggest challenges — getting by without their livestock used for transportation, milk, and meat.

“Providing these sheep and donkeys is giving these families hope. It’s giving them a way to survive,” said a member of Convoy’s disaster response team.

Convoy is also providing mattresses for families who are currently sleeping in tents. This will help protect them from the harsh conditions and rough terrain. 

Morocco’s rainy season is approaching, meaning shelter will be even more vital for the many families who lost their homes. Convoy is committed to helping as much as possible for as long as possible so the people of Morocco know they are not alone and can have hope for a better tomorrow.

September 21, 2023 | 4:58 p.m.

In the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that struck Morocco earlier this month, Convoy has provided thousands of pounds of relief supplies to survivors. Convoy’s teams are on the ground, distributing food, water, and hygiene kits to communities in need.

September 18, 2023 | 5:01 p.m.

Convoy of Hope is on the ground in Morocco distributing relief supplies. The main needs in the immediate aftermath of the deadly earthquake are tents, clean water, and hygiene supplies. The quake damaged a staggering amount of infrastructure, limiting access to shelter and water systems for entire communities. 

Volunteers in Morocco pack hygiene kids to distribute to those affected by the earthquake.

The magnitude 6.8 earthquake that hit Morocco on September 8 shattered thousands of lives. Many of the affected communities are located in the mountains near the epicenter of the quake, and they lost more than half their population and homes. 

To help Convoy provide relief for Moroccans left devastated by the earthquake, donate to the Crisis Relief Fund.

September 13, 2023 | 1:45 p.m.

Convoy of Hope is on the ground in Morocco, meeting with partners and finding ways to address the needs of survivors after last week’s deadly earthquake. 

More than 2,900 people lost their lives, and that number is expected to continue rising as more rubble is cleared. Over 5,500 people were injured. Grief is widespread as families bury their loved ones and begin sorting through what is left of their homes. 

Convoy of Hope is committed to providing help in the form of relief supplies to the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the earthquake. Food, water, and hygiene kits can mean so much to someone who has lost everything. Thank you for helping Convoy provide hope to the people of Morocco.

September 11, 2023 | 3:53 p.m.

The death toll is now more than 2,600 people in Morocco following the devastating earthquake that rocked the region near the Atlas mountains Friday night. Search-and-rescue efforts are still underway — rescuers are digging through rubble and trying to reach isolated communities. 

People around destroyed houses and buildings in Amizmiz south of Marrakesh on September 10, 2023, after an earthquake. A powerful earthquake that struck Morocco on September 8 night has killed at least 2000 people. Photo by Raphael Lafargue/Abaca/Sipa USA(Sipa via AP Images)

The full extent of the damage is still unclear, especially closer to the epicenter of the quake in the mountains. Entire villages, whose houses are built with Morocco’s traditional mud bricks, are now demolished. Survivors are left vulnerable to cold mountain nights. 

Convoy of Hope is working to provide relief to those left devastated by the earthquake. To help ensure survivors have access to food, clean water, and other desperately needed relief supplies, donate today. 

September 10, 2023 | 4:46 p.m.

Convoy of Hope is responding to the deadly earthquake that struck Morocco Friday night. The current death toll is more than 2,100 people, and that number is tragically expected to climb. 

More than 8 million people live in the areas affected by the earthquake. Search-and-rescue efforts continue, as many are still buried underneath the rubble in towns.The hardest-hit areas still haven’t received aid because of how badly roads have been damaged. Sadly, many news agencies are predicting that it will take weeks to access all of the impacted communities and fully assess the level of damage.

Families are sleeping in the streets because their houses were completely demolished or because they are afraid to be inside if another aftershock occurs. 

The greatest needs survivors have right now are food, water, hygiene supplies, shelter, blankets, and generators. Convoy of Hope is working to get desperately needed relief supplies into the area as quickly as possible. Be a part of this response and help Moroccans in their darkest hour by donating to the Crisis Relief Fund today.

September 9, 2023 | 3:06 p.m.

Last night, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Morocco. Convoy of Hope is responding and prepared to provide essential resources to those affected. 

More than 1,800 were injured by the quake, and the death toll currently stands at more than 1,300 people. That number is expected to rise as search-and-rescue efforts continue. 

Morocco Earthquake

Photo above: Residents flee their homes after an earthquake in Moulay Brahim village, near the epicenter of the earthquake, outside Marrakech, Morocco, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy)

The epicenter was in the High Atlas mountains, about 45 miles southwest of the major city of Marrakech. This is the strongest earthquake to hit Morocco in 120 years. 

Moroccans will face many challenges in the coming weeks and months. The sudden loss of consistent electricity, clean water, and shelter exacerbate an already devastating situation. Convoy of Hope is prepared to relieve some of the burden for as many people as possible with food, water, and relief supplies.

To provide hope to those affected by this tragedy, click here.

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