Earthquake in Morocco
Tens of thousands of children and families affected.
On 8 September 2023, a powerful earthquake struck Morocco, claiming more than 2,800 lives and impacting more than 100,000 children according to initial reports.
In any crisis, children are always among the most vulnerable. In the immediate aftermath of any major earthquake, search and rescue is the first priority, and following the 8 September temblor the Government of Morocco is leading on search and rescue efforts. Many children have been displaced, and many more are in urgent need of assistance, including psychosocial support.
Longer-term, children and families affected will need shelter, safe drinking water, health and medical help, and food and nutrition support. Child protection services including psychosocial support will be critical in helping children and parents process their distressing experiences. Getting children back into school is also critical for their long-term recovery.
In the wake of emergencies, UNICEF coordinates closely with local authorities and partners to help ensure children and families receive the critical support and services they need.
How big was the earthquake in Morocco?
The earthquake that struck late on 8 September was magnitude 6.8. Like all major earthquakes, aftershocks are likely to continue in the days and weeks ahead.
How many people have been affected by the earthquake?
According to authorities, more than 2,800 people have been killed, including children, with thousands more injured. Initial reports also indicate that approximately 100,000 children have been impacted. These numbers are only likely to increase.
How is UNICEF helping children in Morocco?
UNICEF has provided support to the children of Morocco since 1957, opening a country office in 1978. In the wake of emergencies, UNICEF coordinates closely with local authorities and partners to help ensure children and families receive the critical support and services they need. UNICEF has mobilized supplies that may be deployed upon authorization from Moroccan authorities.