The United Kingdom has announced £1.45 million in aid to support Morocco’s recovery and reconstruction efforts following a destructive 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck several regions, including Marrakech, on September 8.
The funding will assist in addressing immediate needs and promoting long-term development in the hardest-hit areas. Part of this support will be directed towards improving healthcare and housing services while enhancing collaboration with local farmers and cooperatives. The UK affirms its commitment to supporting Morocco and its willingness to provide further assistance as needed.
Lord Tariq Ahmad, the UK’s Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, expressed the UK’s commitment to supporting Morocco and the strength of the bilateral partnership.
Jeremy Hunt, the British Minister of Finance, commended the resilience and strength of the Moroccan people as they rebuild their lives after the devastating earthquake. The UK was among the four countries that offered assistance, along with Spain, the UAE, and Qatar, and the UK International Search and Rescue (UK-ISAR) team was actively involved in search and rescue operations alongside Moroccan authorities.
UK-ISAR and other international teams provided essential services, including locating survivors in the rubble and assisting individuals at risk in unstable buildings.
King Mohammed VI expressed his deep appreciation for the effective contributions of the UK’s international search and rescue team in addressing the tragic aftermath of the earthquake, highlighting their dedication, strong sense of responsibility, and unwavering commitment during these challenging circumstances. The earthquake recovery process continues with international assistance and cooperation.