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Morocco earthquake: mourning begins as rescue continues with death toll over 2,000

Villagers bury their dead while Red Cross warns recovery may take years and other countries offer aid

Earthquake rescue efforts have continued in Morocco as the country began three days of mourning for the victims of a disaster that killed more than 2,000 people, flattening buildings in cities and villages.

Friday’s 6.8-magnitude quake, Morocco’s strongest on record, had its epicentre in a remote cluster of mountainous villages 45 miles south of Marrakech, destroying clusters of clay and cement housing and shaking infrastructure far away on the country’s northern coast.

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