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Morocco Earthquake aftermath: Village swept in 10 seconds

The village of Tinzert was doomed to ruins within 10 seconds of the earthquake erupting

The village of Tinzert was left in ruins within just a few seconds.
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In the village of Tinzert nestled in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, a typical Friday night turned into an unimaginable tragedy. The village, untouched by earthquakes for over a century, suddenly shook violently, reducing homes to rubble in just 10 seconds.

As the earth trembled, a mother living in the Tinzert village grievingly recollected watching her three children, who had fallen asleep after a day at school, crumble under the concrete debris in front of her eyes. All this happened in an instant even before she could react to get her children to a safer space.   

The earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.8, has taken a devastating toll on Morocco, claiming the lives of over 2,900 people, making it the deadliest earthquake in the country since 1960. UNICEF reports that approximately 100,000 children have been affected by this disaster.

Tinzert, once a serene village, has now been transformed into a landscape of destruction. Traditional mud and straw houses, never designed to withstand earthquakes, lay in ruins. For a community not very used to seismic events, the sudden disaster has left them only with immense grief and the overwhelming task of rebuilding their lives.

In the aftermath, residents have faced tremendous challenges. The narrow and steep roads leading to Tinzert have been blocked by debris, making it difficult for aid to reach the hardest-hit areas. Villagers, many of whom know each other by name in this close-knit community, have been forced to navigate treacherous pathways among the rubble to receive assistance.

While volunteers from across Morocco have provided some food and water, many are growing increasingly frustrated with the slow government response. Residents have also expressed their loss of faith in timely assistance.

However, with gearing hope and optimism, in the midst of tragedy, stories of love, bravery, and premonition emerge. These have been highlighting the strength and unity of these mountain villages as they begin to rebuild.
 

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