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Powerful earthquake kills hundreds in Morocco’s High Atlas region

3,000+ killed | 300,000+ affected

A powerful quake struck at 11pm on September 8, injuring thousands and killing  over 3,000 people  – a grim death toll that is likely to rise in the days ahead.

Many of the dead are in remote villages in the High Atlas mountains, the epicentre of the earthquake. Residents are using whatever equipment they can find as they struggle to reach their neighbours under the rubble. 

Aftershocks have left families too frightened to seek shelter, with exhausted survivors forced to sleep in the streets.

Please support our Emergency Response today,  giving anything you can  to help save lives.

Islamic Relief’s Response

Islamic Relief teams are on the ground in Morocco, and we are rapidly working through local partners to provide relief to those affected by the earthquake.

We are focused on providing urgent food supplies, emergency shelter and basic essentials at the moment.  Help us send relief today.

$65  can provide life-saving essentials 
$150  can provide a family with an emergency food pack
$250  can provide urgent shelter to those who have lost their home

Islamic Relief’s thoughts and prayers are with the people of Morocco, as they face the aftermath of one of the strongest earthquakes in years.

Historic Marrakech badly damaged

The earthquake, which was felt as far away as Algeria and Portugal, also shook historic Marrakech, the nearest major city to the epicentre. Homes and other buildings in the UNESCO World Heritage Site have collapsed.

The epicentre was in the High Atlas Mountains, 71km (44 miles) south-west of Marrakesh, at a depth of 18.5km. The earthquake killed people in the provinces and municipalities of al-Haouz, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Azilal, Chichaoua and Taroudant.

Blocked roads are preventing ambulances from reaching the wounded, and while officials are scrambling to clear debris, rescue and relief efforts are difficult amid the mountainous terrain, risk of landslides, and large distances.

Your Donations in Action in Morocco

Islamic Relief teams are on the ground right now responding to the disaster alongside our local partners in Tadcherte, Tourit, Azru Mellene (Chichaoua), Douar Tigdlt, and Amizmiz among other villages, towns, and cities in Morocco. 

Islamic Relief’s Immediate Response:

  • Emergency food aid

  • Shelter items such as blankets, mattresses & pillows

  • Hygiene kits and water bottles 

Your Current Impact: 

  • 400 blankets and pillows

  • 400 mattresses

  • 100 hygiene kits