Morocco has declared three days of national mourning after an earthquake killed at least 2,000 people – with Britons among those missing amid fears the death toll could climb even higher.
Rescuers trawled through rubble in Marrakesh in the search for survivors after Morocco’s deadliest earthquake in over 60 years struck last night.
At least 2,012 people died in the horror quake, Morocco’s Interior Ministry said, with 2,059 people people injured – including 1,404 in critical condition.
The earthquake, which measured 6.8 on the Richter scale, struck Morocco’s Atlas Mountains and caused tremors as far away as Portugal, has wiped out entire families as witnesses describe hearing ‘unbearable screaming and crying’ and seeing distraught relatives frantically search with their bare hands for buried loved ones.
One man said dishes and wall hangings began raining down, and people were knocked off their feet. The quake brought down walls made from stone and masonry, covering whole communities with rubble.