Morocco Earthquake Situation Report

September 26, 2023
Situation Report

*This report is a product of the DEEP Remote Analysis Team comprising analysts and other professionals from Data Friendly Space (DFS). DFS wants to acknowledge the significant contributions of its staff to the analytical process, as well as their roles in the publication and finalisation of this report. The DEEP Remote Analysis Team has worked to ensure the integrity and accuracy of the findings presented herein. DFS appreciates the collaborative effort in bringing forth this comprehensive report, reflecting the combined expertise of all teams involved.

Main Facts

The 8 September 2023 earthquake in Morocco resulted in 2,946 fatalities and damages equivalent to approximately 8% of the nation's GDP. Al Haouz reported 1,684 deaths, Taroudant reported 980, and Chichaoua reported 202. Discrepancies between governmental and international estimates indicate that between 380k and 2.8 million people were affected, with the broader area housing 6.6 million residents. Internal displacement is estimated to have reached 500,000 people. Relief efforts have cleared vital routes, including the Ighil area in Al Haouz province, yet issues remain with road accessibility, especially in remote areas, further compounded by deteriorating road conditions and potential weather challenges. By late September, while major roads in Al Haouz were reopened, challenges such as vehicle congestion and flight restrictions continued to hamper relief efforts.

Priority needs:

The initial phase post-disaster emphasized rescue operations and debris clearance. The primary needs centered around immediate survival essentials like water, food, and shelter. Over time, the focus shifted to more holistic support, with healthcare, sanitation, and mental health gaining prominence.
Furthermore, there's been a transition from basic necessities to specific non-food items, highlighting the evolving and layered requirements of the affected population as they move from immediate crisis to recovery.

Priority geographical areas:

- Al Haouz Province: Douar El Darb, Moulay Brahim, Saniyat Yaakoub, Tinkest of Qiyadet Weryen, Ijoukak, Amizmiz.

- Taroudant Province: Tizi Natast village.

- Marrakech-Safi Region: Taounghast village, Imlil village, Tamgounssi hamlet.

- Chichaoua Province: Adassil town, Anebdou, Targua, Tikht village.

- Azilal Province: Affected regions in rural mountainous areas.

Priority affected groups:

Population displaced, especially women, boys, girls, unaccompanied minors, elderly and people with disabilities.

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