The Spanish government announced on Monday evening a new mission of rescue crews in Morocco, which will strengthen from today Tuesday the operations to find survivors in the ruins of the buildings collapsed by Friday’s strong earthquake.

The new Spanish mission consists of 31 rescuers, 15 specially trained dogs and 11 vehicles, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Madrid.

86 members of rescue crews from Spain, accompanied by specially trained dogs, are already operating in the earthquake-stricken regions of Morocco.

Morocco has accepted offers of aid from Spain, Britain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Nearly 72 hours after the powerful earthquake that – according to the official count so far – claimed the lives of at least 2,862 people, rescue teams in Morocco are racing against time to find survivors in the rubble of flattened buildings.