Morocco witnessed its worst earthquake in a century as strong tremors flattened residential and commercial buildings across the North African nation, killing more than 2,000 people while hundreds are still missing.
Condolences started pouring from the world after the natural disaster. Morocco monarch King Mohammed VI announced three days of national mourning in the Kingdom, with flags to stay at half-mast on all state buildings.
Moroccan Royal Palace announced steps to develop a reconstruction plan for premises that were raised in some minutes. The worst hit regions from the quake were Al Haouz and Marrakesh provinces, and cities of Ouarzazate, Azilal, Chichaoua, and Taroudant.
Initially, 300 deaths were reported on Friday but the number moved up to 2000, making it the deadliest quake Morocco has seen in recent times. Morocco’s worst calamity occurred in 1960 in Agadir in which more than 12,000 people lost their lives.
Meanwhile, rescuers are battling against time to recover those caught near the epicenter of the devastating event.
Pakistan stands in solidarity with Morocco after deadly earthquake
Pakistan has extended condolences to Morocco over the loss of lives from a massive earthquake that killed more than 1,000 people on Friday.
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar conveyed condolences over damage and deaths caused by the catastrophic earthquake that struck the North African nation.
In a statement, the Pakistani premier mourned the tragic loss of lives resulting from the natural calamity and extended heartfelt condolences to the Moroccan government and its people. Kakar further also expressed his sympathies to the families affected by the quake.
He said our hearts ache for those affected by the severe earthquake in Morocco. Pakistan extends its hand in unity and support to Morocco in this trying time.
PM Kakar also offered Islamabad’s unwavering support to the Moroccan population and government, assuring all possible assistance to help them with the quake.
Other Pakistani politicians including ex-PM Shehbaz Sharif also shared his grief over the devastations caused by the quake.
Pakistani rupee continue to witness further losses against US dollar in the open market on despite positive economic indicators and massive surge in Stock Market.
On Tuesday, the dollar was being quoted at 285.1 for selling and 288.15 for buying purposes for customers.
Euro price moves down by Rs2 to 312 for buying and 315 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling after increase.
UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal also witnessed fall and new price stands at 76.25.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||362|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.24||36.59|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
KARACHI – Gold continues to move upward in local market amid surge in international rates.
On Tuesday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs217,600, and the price for 10-gram gold saw increase of Rs943 to reach Rs186,557.
Globally, yellow metal went up by $12 to settle at $2,015 per ounce.
Last week, per tola gold price increased by Rs800 per tola, and it hovers around two month high.
|Lahore||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Karachi||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Quetta||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Attock||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Multan||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,600|