“Many already struggled in Morocco prior to the earthquake. Now, hundreds of thousands have lost everything in a matter of seconds,” said Deepmala Mahla, CARE’s Vice President of Humanitarian Affairs.
“Every hour, the level of devastation is increasing.”
The epicenter of the quake was in the Atlas Mountain region, about 50 miles from the city of Marrakech. The affected area is home to about 1.8 million people, and is also the area in Morocco where CARE primarily works.
The CARE teams on the ground are working to get emergency water, food, and medical support to survivors.
“It was an utterly terrifying night for all of us in Morocco,” said Hlima Razkaoui, CARE Morocco’s Country Director.