Morocco: Mroccans have never experienced – in many years – such an earthquake. Many news sites reported incidents of the tragedy and witnesses to it, may God grant them salvation.
The city of Marrakesh is one of the cities affected by the earthquake. The Independent Arabia website quotes 40-year-old Aisha, who lives in the Mhamid neighborhood, as saying, “It was a terrifying night. We were sitting watching television.
Suddenly we started to feel the ground moving, and the wind blowing through the windows. The walls were cracking, and everything was moving around me and falling to the ground. I felt terrified, I did not understand what happened. “I was very shocked, and I felt afraid.”
She goes on to say, “We could hear the screams of children and women.” My little son grabbed my hand and asked me to run away because I was in shock. I was not aware of what had happened. It was a disaster. My son and I ran away to a place where people gathered, where we spent the night in the street. It was an exceptional night.”
For his part, Khaled, who works as a teacher in Marrakesh, says: “My friend, his wife, his mother, and his son died. It is a strange feeling and a shock. My acquaintances are under the rubble. We do not know whether they are alive or dead. The earthquake destroyed villages in the Al Haouz province, around Marrakesh.”
Among those most affected were the residents of the Atlas Mountains between Marrakesh and Taroudant, where a young Moroccan man in the Moulay Ibrahim region launched a call in a video clip demanding “the necessity of providing ambulance equipment to save families under the rubble,” and Moroccan citizens volunteered to rescue the victims.
Moroccan youth launched a distress call on social media, such as Onayen Abdel Hadi, who launched a campaign on Facebook to demand the rescue of the victims: “Help the villages of Onayen, the situation is catastrophic. The population is without shelter. We impatiently need the support of the specialized authorities.”
The Ounain area is one of the marginal areas on the outskirts of the city of Taroudant. In this regard, Rachid, who lives in the city of Agadir for work, while his family lives in the Ounain area, says, “The electricity was cut off for the residents of the villages in Ounain, and to this day we still do not know the fate of the families. People are under the rubble.”
Residents in the Riad Zitoun neighborhood in Marrakesh felt panic. One of them says, “We have never felt that feeling of fear and terror when you find that your furniture and everything in the house is falling, and you do not know how to deal with these difficult moments.” This is how Latifa spoke about her experience.
She added, “An earthquake that we had never experienced before. We did not sleep at night. I never imagined that I would experience it. My husband was asleep. I woke him up at that time. My husband and I were rushing to escape from the house before the walls fell on us.”
The Russian “Sputnik” agency quotes Fatima Zahra Rashid, from the Aigle area in Marrakesh, saying, “The houses that were not demolished as a result of the earthquake were damaged in a way that prevents people from staying in them.” She added, “Hundreds of people were killed under their homes, which collapsed on them in moments, while her home was severely damaged before she was able to flee into the street.”
She explained that “many people no one knows their fate yet, or whether they are among the dead or injured.” She describes the scenes as “disastrous beyond all description. Suddenly we found everything shaking from its place dramatically. Everyone tried to escape from the homes, but a large percentage were unable to reach the outside, so the homes collapsed on them at that time, including entire families.”
A forty-year-old woman named Asmaa lost her entire family in Marrakesh. She told Morocco TV that she lost her late husband and children following the earthquake: Ait Mansour Mustafa, and the children: Hassan, Ilham, Ghizlan, and Elias.
One of the eyewitnesses in the area, Elias Youssef, says, “Panic is gripping the residents of the Marrakesh region and its suburbs, and that many homes have been severely damaged, as the homes of some areas were completely demolished, including the Sidi Ibrahim area.”