About the Emergency
On September 8, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck central Morocco, followed by several strong aftershocks. It is the worst earthquake to hit the area in a century. More than 2,000 people have been killed as a result of the earthquake and aftershocks; thousands more people have been injured.
Initial humanitarian needs include emergency food assistance, emergency health services, shelter support, mental health and psychosocial support, as well as other essential items and services.
USAID humanitarian staff in the region and in Washington, D.C., are monitoring the situation in close contact with Moroccan officials, and we stand ready to provide assistance, if requested.
How You Can Help
Send cash donations to reputable relief organizations working on the ground. They can make the most difference and save the most lives. Detailed information on how relief organizations use donations can be found at: GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and the Better Business Bureau. Below are organizations responding in Morocco.
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