Relief efforts in Morocco face challenges after quake

Rescue and relief workers in Morocco are facing the challenge of reaching people in mountainous areas after last week's powerful earthquake. The first 72 hours are considered crucial for finding people alive. That time frame has already passed.

The magnitude 6.8 quake hit central Morocco late Friday. The interior ministry says the death toll has risen to 2,862, with 2,562 people injured.

The United Nations estimates more than 300,000 people have been affected. The UN children's agency UNICEF says at least 100,000 children could have been impacted by the quake.

The epicenter was in Al Haouz Province, where villages and settlements spread across mountains. The quake caused damage in wide areas, including the village of Ouirgane with 450 households. Local authorities say more than 50 people have died in the village.

One woman was rescued by firefighters more than two days after the quake. She was reportedly having dinner at home with her husband when the tremor struck.

The husband was also pulled from the rubble alive. But he had head injuries and was taken to a hospital on a neighbor's vehicle to receive treatment.

The woman said her husband's injuries would have been less serious if rescuers had come sooner. She added that affected people need many things and that relief supplies are not enough.