Thousands of homes were demolished and almost 3,000 people lost their lives in a terrible earthquake that struck Morocco on Friday.
The United Nations said Morocco might request assistance “today or tomorrow” to help it recover and rebuild.
Martin Griffiths, the UN’s top humanitarian official, told reporters in Geneva, “We are expecting and hoping, but expecting that the request for assistance will go out today or tomorrow.”
Since the magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck last Friday, Morocco has permitted rescue teams from Spain, Britain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates to assist it, but it has turned down proposals from a number of other countries, including the United States, France, and certain Middle Eastern nations.
Griffiths stated, “The next phase is to provide aid to those survivors—shelter, food, and medical supplies. We are ready to work, and we’re ready to provide support on coordination.”
The focus in Morocco has only recently shifted from identifying survivors to assisting those survivors in staying alive, and at that point, he continued, “aid is of the utmost importance.”
Morocco authorized urgent relief of 30,000 dirhams (almost $3,000) to impacted households on Thursday. The country also announced the beginning of an aid program to sustain and rehouse the residents of about 50,000 destroyed structures.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) anticipates that it will take “weeks, months, and years to be able to rebuild,” spokesperson Benoit Carpentier told reporters from Marrakesh.
There are hundreds and hundreds of communities dispersed over the highlands, and we were discussing restoring a few of them, he continued.