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9 September 2023 - For immediate release
ActionAid reacts to earthquake in Morocco – calling for support to affected regions
ActionAid is deeply saddened by news of the earthquake that hit Morocco on Friday 8 September 2023, affecting the provinces and cities of Al Haouz, Marrakesh, Taroudant, Chichaoua, and Ouarzazate, and stands in solidarity with affected communities. Measuring 6.8 on the Ritcher scale, the earthquake has killed over 1,000 people, destroyed public and private infrastructure, leaving many in the affected regions in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
Commenting on the situation Sara Almer, the Humanitarian Director at ActionAid International said:
“We are concerned with the devastating impact of the earthquake especially for women and girls who suffer the most during humanitarian emergencies. The urgent need will be to provide shelter, food, water, medical aid, and supplies for the affected communities as well as psychosocial support.”
She added that “ActionAid is working closely with local partners to assess the situation, ascertain the emergency support and funding required and coordinate a response.”
ActionAid has been present in Morocco for more than 20 years, working in collaboration with local partner organisations.
Kirsten Sutherland, Humanitarian Program Coordinator at Alianza por la Solidaridad-ActionAid Spain said:
“In just minutes, the lives of hundreds of thousands of people have been turned upside down. Many families have lost everything – their loved ones, their homes and their belongings. Damage to infrastructure is hampering access to information and to affected communities, especially in remote areas. Our objective is to support those communities that have been most badly affected by the earthquake.”
Sara Almer is the Humanitarian Director at ActionAid International.
Kirsten Sutherland is the Humanitarian Program Coordinator at Alianza por la Solidaridad-ActionAid Spain.
Ousama Chakkor is the Country Coordinator of Alianza por la Solidaridad-ActionAid Spain in Morocco.
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