Morocco earthquake: King Mohammed VI visits hospital, donates blood


By Tunde Oso (with agencies report)

Hopes dimmed on Tuesday in Morocco’s search for survivors, four days after a powerful earthquake killed more than 2,900 people, most of them in remote villages of the High Atlas Mountains.

Search-and-rescue teams from the kingdom and from abroad kept digging through the rubble of broken mud-brick homes, hoping for signs of life in a race against time following the 6.8-magnitude quake late Friday.

King Mohammed VI paid a visit to victims of the earthquake at Marrakesh University Hospital where the official MAP news agency said he “inquired about the state of health of the injured” before donating blood.

The Red Cross appealed for more than $100 million in aid to meet the “most pressing needs” in the north African country, including water, shelter, health and sanitation services.

“We need to make sure we avoid a second wave of disaster,” said Caroline Holt, global director of operations at the International Federation of Red Cross…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper