Damage from the Morocco earthquake. Photo: Caritas Maroc

Morocco Earthquake

In 2023, Morocco was been struck by a devastating 6.8 magnitude earthquake, which caused thousands of deaths. 



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Damaged buildings from the Morocco earthquake. Photo: Caritas Morocco

Over 2,900 people lost their lives and thousands were injured

Damage from the Morocco earthquake. Photo: Caritas Morocco

remote villages were completely destroyed

Damaged from the Morocco earthquake. Photo: Caritas Morocco

Immediate needs included food, clean water, medicine and emergency shelter

Thousands of people were killed after a catastrophic 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Kingdom of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountain range, approximately 72km from Marrakech.

  • Over 2,900 people were confirmed dead.
  • Thousands of people were injured, over 1,000 critically.

Your donations supported Caritas agencies on the ground help communities affected by the earthquake. 

Your donations helped communities with:




What was the impact of the earthquake in Morocco?

The earthquake's epicentre was near the rural town of Ighil, in the Al Haouz province. Stone buildings collapsed, and some remote villages in the province were completely destroyed. 

The death toll reached over 2,900 people, with over 2,500 people injured, many of them seriously. 

Your donations helped in getting essentials like food, clean water, emergency shelter and medicine to families affected by the earthquake, while preparing for the long-term needs of people who no longer had homes to return to.

“Earthquakes of this magnitude devastate communities, destroying homes and infrastructure. This means people are just trying to survive but have no access to shelter, food, medicine or water. We are working with our partners on the ground and across the region to ensure help gets to those who need it most."

Melville Fernandez, Caritas Australia's Humanitarian Emergencies Associate Director

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