At least 50,000 houses collapse in Morocco earthquake

$14,000 will be granted for totally collapsed houses, and $8,000 for partially collapsed houses, says Moroccan Royal Court

09:38 - 15/09/2023 Friday
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At least 50,000 houses have collapsed completely or partially in Friday's deadly earthquake in Morocco.

Following a meeting chaired by King Mohammed VI, the Moroccan Royal Court, in a statement, said the government would grant emergency assistance worth 30,000 dirhams (about $3,000) to families affected by the earthquake.

Direct financial assistance of 140,000 dirhams (about $14,000) will be granted for totally collapsed houses, and 80,000 dirhams (some $8,000) for partially collapsed houses, the statement said.

At least 2,946 people were killed and 5,674 others injured when a magnitude 7 earthquake struck Morocco late Friday.

The quake was the strongest to hit the North African country in a century, according to Morocco’s National Geophysical Institute.

*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat

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