Volunteers help earthquake victims in Morocco
01 March 2004
Al-Hoceima: Moroccan Red Crescent staff and volunteers distributed 800 tents provided by Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to survivors of last Tuesday’s violent earthquake which left nearly 600 people dead and several hundred injured in the area around the city of Al-Hoceima, on Morocco’s Mediterranean coast.
The distribution was carried out in several villages in the districts of Im Zouren and Tamasint, in the province of Al Hoceima, on Saturday and Sunday. To date, twelve planeloads of relief goods sent by Red Cross and Red Crescent societies have arrived. More distributions of tents and other relief goods will take place over the coming days.
Distributions are being conducted from schools and mosques, as well as to families living in makeshift shelters near the rubble of their homes. For those living in remoter areas, heads of families came with their donkeys to carry the tents back to their villages.
The Moroccan Red Crescent mobile clinic is continuing its activities, going from village to village, to provide basic health care to people in remote areas. Since the earthquake, it has seen and treated 350 patients.
The tented camp in Im Zouren now shelters 1,200 people. It is managed by the Moroccan Red Crescent, which has mobilized some 200 volunteers in the camp to assist the survivors. Every day, the volunteers distribute meals or food, as well as other relief goods, and provide essential psychosocial support to earthquake victims, especially children. Activities and games are organized for them on a daily basis, to help them overcome the trauma of the disaster.
On 25 February, the International Federation launched an appeal for 2.8 million Swiss francs (US$ 2.3 million) to provide assistance for up to 30,000 people. The needs in relief items are fully covered.