Morocco: Morocco quake survivors call for more assistance after whole towns annihilated
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
As the dirt roads leading to some of the areas that were worst affected by the earthquake in Morocco on Friday were gradually cleared, the full extent of the disaster was being revealed, including the destruction of entire villages in the province of Al Haouz.
None of the twelve houses in the tiny hamlet of Tarouiste, which is located above the town of Amizmiz in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, are still standing. Only the village mosque wasn’t completely destroyed.
After a disaster that has killed at least 2,500 people, the first international search and rescue teams finally arrived in the worst-hit areas on Monday. It was obvious that the time to find anyone alive beneath the rubble was rapidly passing.
As aid projects moved forward a stuff, the Watchman visited a progression of mountain towns that had been on the whole obliterated, where inhabitants said they believed they had been deserted.
People in Tarouiste talked about how they were left to carry six of their neighbors’ bodies down the mountain, where they were met by private cars because no ambulances or other government assistance had yet reached them.
Hassan al-Mati, whose mother was one of the victims, voiced his frustration, “No one has come to help us.” We need trucks to come and assist us in moving the buried dead animals. We require food and tents. We feel like we have been deserted.
Villagers in the tiniest hamlet of Tarouiste in the Atlas Mountains remove a house from a hamlet where a 6.8 earthquake destroyed every one of a dozen houses. Three days after the earthquake, they claim, like many other villagers, that aid has not yet reached them.
Six people were killed and six were injured in this village. We needed to convey them down to the stream where we could take them to the emergency clinic in vehicles.”
In the same way as other across these mountains, the townspeople of Tarouiste were currently resting in the open. Hassan took the Watchman to meet his family, who were perched on floor coverings concealed from the sun by sheets extended on wooden posts.
Two of the youngsters had uncovered injuries on their countenances where they had been hit by falling trash. Two of the women were still clearly shocked, and one of them broke down in tears.
Gotten some information about different towns higher in the mountains, the occupants of Tarouiste recorded the ones they had news about, every one of them comparatively harmed.
Tafeghaghte was seriously stunning still. Occupants said 90 individuals had kicked the bucket here, in a town of around 400 that has existed for quite a long time.
While the collections of the dead had been recovered, stays of creatures actually lay in the rubble, causing a smell that penetrated the spot.
Pretty much every individual to whom the Watchman talked recounted an account of terrible misfortune, some including whole families.
Townspeople in Tafeghaghte in the Chart book mountains recuperate effects from a house where a few individuals from a solitary family kicked the bucket. Even though this village is close to a major road, no aid has reached it, so residents have had to sleep outside for three nights. Photograph: Peter Beaumont/The Guardian Abdelkebr ait al Ghouinbaz was looking over his family’s grave from the damaged wall of his house. Two family members were scrambling through the rubble to recuperate what was left of his assets.
As they got together sheet material, one of the men eliminated an envelope with an image of a young lady in a white headscarf. In the shattered bedroom, the woman had passed away.
Abdelkebr stated, “My daughter, my father, and my wife were all killed.” I moved faster when I heard the sound of the earthquake, which is why I am alive.
The same tale was told by other villagers. Taib ait Laghoubas, who lost his parents in a house where only the door and frame were still standing, stated, “There are no more houses.” All of it has vanished. When it happened, I was inside my house. It only took a few seconds. There was no way for anyone to get away. I was helped out by my neighbors.
He continued: We have food. That is not an issue. The most concerning issue is that it is cold around evening time and we have no tents, no beds or garments.”