The Moroccan Ministry of Equipment announced the full opening of the main roads affected by the Al-Hawz earthquake, while the rate of opening secondary roads reached more than 90%.
The process of counting the damaged houses in the areas affected by the earthquake that struck the Haouz region (central Morocco) this month continues, in conjunction with the relief operations carried out by the Moroccan army in the region.
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Moroccan technical committees in the affected provinces continue to count thousands of damaged buildings.
On September 8th, an earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter scale struck several major Moroccan cities such as the capital Rabat, Casablanca, Meknes, Fez and Marrakech (north), Agadir and Taroudant (center), leaving 2946,6125 deaths and <>,<> injuries, in addition to significant physical destruction, according to the latest Interior Ministry data.
According to official statistics, the number of people affected by the earthquake reached 2.8 million, representing two-thirds of the population in the affected areas, while the number of villages affected was 2930, while the number of collapsed houses reached 59,675, of which 32% were completely destroyed.
Moroccan Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch said the Haouz earthquake was a "major disaster".
Akhannouch stressed that the government is working to speed up measures related to managing the crisis, adding during a visit to the town of Asni, in the province of Haouz, that the state will launch new development programs in the affected areas in accordance with the directives of Moroccan King Mohammed VI.
Morocco's economy and finance ministry said an agency would be created to oversee the reconstruction programme for areas affected by the Haouz earthquake, for which $12 billion was allocated over five years.
The Moroccan Ministry of Economy and Finance added that the agency's work will be temporary and linked to the duration of the reconstruction program in the affected areas, and will track the disbursement of aid, the completion of reconstruction and rehabilitation projects, as well as coordination between various sectors and the implementation of development projects.
In the same context, officials in the municipality of Marrakech told Al Jazeera that the completion rate of the process of sheltering the victims affected by the earthquake in Marrakech reached about 95%, while the completion rate of the census of damaged houses exceeded 50% in the old city.
According to municipal officials, demolition orders are in place, all completely damaged homes will be demolished and new ones rebuilt.