Caritas Australia stands in solidarity with communities affected by the Morocco Earthquake

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

The earthquake is believed to be the strongest to have struck the Northern African nation in over a century. Entire buildings have collapsed, and there are reports that some remote villages have been completely destroyed, leaving people trapped or homeless. Many families are spending sleepless nights outdoors, fearing aftershocks.  

Damage from the Morocco earthquake. Photo: Caritas Maroc.

Over 2,900 lives

have been lost.

Thousands of people

have been injured, over 1,000 critically.

Search and rescue

efforts are ongoing.

Emergency supplies for people affected by the earthquake. Photo: Caritas Maroc.

What are Caritas Agencies doing? 

Caritas agencies in the region are assessing the scale of the damage and are coordinating with local authorities and other organisations to see how they can best assist.  

Immediate needs include 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 have 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

How can I help? 

Caritas Australia has launched a Morocco Earthquake emergency appeal to support those affected.  

Your donation today can help provide urgent aid and assistance to vulnerable communities affected by the Morocco earthquake. Your support can provide life-saving essentials, such as food rations, clean water and emergency shelter.  

Donate today