It's mid-afternoon in Marrakech. Here's where recovery efforts stand following the devastating earthquake

Emergency workers attempt to remove a body from inside a damaged home in Amizmiz, Morocco on September 10.
Emergency workers attempt to remove a body from inside a damaged home in Amizmiz, Morocco on September 10. Nacho Doce/Reuters

Rescuers in Morocco are struggling to find survivors from Friday’s powerful earthquake, with more than 2,000 people killed and remote villages near the epicenter left in ruins.

Terrified Moroccans spent a second night in the streets, too afraid to return to their homes. Three days of mourning are underway following the country’s deadliest earthquake in decades.

The 6.8-magnitude quake struck late on Friday. It was also the strongest to hit the region around the ancient city of Marrakech in a century, according to the US Geological Survey.

So far 2,012 people have been listed killed and 1,404 others critically injured, according to Moroccan authorities, but the toll is expected to rise further as rescuers dig through the rubble of collapsed houses in remote areas of the High Atlas mountains.

Here's where rescue efforts stand:

  • A scramble to find survivors: Efforts to help those caught near the epicenter of Friday's powerful earthquake were ongoing Sunday, with members of the army, police and civil defense arriving overnight. Many of the villages in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains close to the epicenter of the quake are isolated and difficult to access, hampering operations. The scale of the quake's impact is still becoming clear, but eyewitnesses CNN spoke to on Saturday gave a sense of the destruction. Recovery efforts have entered a "challenging" period but there is still hope of finding survivors, a spokesperson for the United Nation’s Children Fund told CNN, noting that the first 72 hours of search and rescue are critical.
  • UN on standby as Morocco handles initial response: A UN official said the Moroccan government is "deploying its own answer to the earthquake." The UN has offered assistance on search and rescue, and humanitarian or medical needs, but, "For now, we are on standby, ready to assist according to the modality the (Moroccan) government would like to choose," they said.
  • Funeral prayers held nationwide: Morocco’s King Mohamed VI ordered mosques across the country to hold funeral prayers, known as "Janazah" prayers, at noon (7 a.m. ET) on Sunday for those killed in the earthquake. Flags were flown at half-mast in the country, the state news agency said. On Saturday, Moroccans flocked to hospitals and centers to donate blood as part of a nationwide call to help those injured in the deadly earthquake. 
  • US assistance: The US has made clear to the Moroccan government it is prepared to provide "significant assistance" following the devastating earthquake. "We've got search and rescue teams ready to deploy that can help not just with that activity, but with medical and other forms of assistance," US deputy national security adviser Jon Finer told reporters aboard Air Force One. 
  • World Bank offers full support to Morocco: “Our hearts go out to the people of Morocco, who are suffering the effects of devastating earthquakes that have caused a tragic loss of life, injuries, and damages in the areas south of Marrakech," the bank said in a statement on Saturday

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