Lack of firewood, very precarious standard of living, blockage of roads leading to several isolated localities, the populations of the Middle and Great Atlas live, during this period of Great Cold, in particularly extreme conditions.
The great cold is well and truly settling in the Kingdom. And this for several weeks already. An exceptionally harsh cold this year with minimum temperatures that have reached -10 ° C in some remote areas including the Middle and Great Atlas. Midelt, Ifrane, Al Haouz, Boulemane, Sefrou, Azilal, Khénifra, Beni Mellal, Taza, Tinghir, Jerada and Figuig are, without a doubt, the regions most affected by this significant drop in temperature. Covered with a beautiful white coat after significant snowfall, Ifrane becomes by force of nature a destination of choice for Moroccans who come to admire the magic of snow, an incredible spectacle and an elusive phenomenon.
But beyond this natural and scenic beauty offered by the snow, the populations of these regions live nevertheless an unbearable ordeal with draconian and even extreme living conditions. Lack of firewood, very precarious standard of living, blockage of roads leading to several enclaved localities, these populations do not fail to push their distress to ease their suffering. The lack of firewood is particularly dramatic in the region of Khenifra while it is considered one of the richest forest regions of the Kingdom, with a covered forest area of 526 000 hectares or 40% of the total area of the province.