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Morocco Earthquake Live Updates, 9 September 2023: Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered “all possible assistance” to Morocco.
On the night of September 9, 2023, a strong earthquake hit Morocco’s High Atlas mountain region. It caused the deaths of more than 1,000 people, destroyed buildings, and forced many to leave their homes. Additionally, over 1,200 people sustained injuries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his sympathy for Morocco following the earthquake in a tweet on Saturday morning. He mentioned being deeply saddened by the loss of lives and extended condolences to those who lost loved ones. He also wished for a speedy recovery of the injured. Additionally, PM Modi stated that India is prepared to provide any help Morocco might need during this challenging period.
According to Moroccan media, the iconic 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech, which is a highly renowned landmark in the city, experienced some damage. However, the full extent of the damage hasn’t been confirmed yet, as per Reuters. This mosque is famous for its 69-meter (226-foot) tall minaret, often referred to as the “roof of Marrakech.”
At G20 in New Delhi, PM Modi pays tribute to victims of Morocco earthquake
During the G20 summit in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi began by offering his condolences for the lives lost in the Morocco earthquake. He expressed hope for the swift recovery of the injured and conveyed India’s readiness to provide any necessary assistance to Morocco during this challenging period.
UK issues advisory for its citizens in Morocco
The UK government has advised its citizens in Morocco that Marrakech and Agadir airports are open and operational despite the earthquake. They have urged citizens to stay updated through local media and follow instructions from local authorities.
Videos show moment earthquake struck
CCTV footage and other videos recorded the time when an earthquake struck Morocco, while others show the extent of damage.
Which countries have offered assistance to their nationals in Morocco?
- The French Foreign Ministry announced that they’ve set up crisis centers at their embassy in Morocco and the ministry in Paris. These centers are there to assist and provide information to French citizens who need help or have questions.
- The German embassy in Rabat has established a hotline for Germans impacted by the earthquake. A spokesperson from the German foreign ministry mentioned that they are in regular communication with local authorities but didn’t give more specifics.
- Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is actively locating its citizens currently in Morocco. They are reaching out to them, ensuring communication, and verifying their well-being.
- The Russian Embassy in Rabat and the Consulate General in Casablanca are maintaining continuous communication with Moroccan authorities. Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, stated that, based on information from their diplomats, there are no Russian citizens among the earthquake victims.
At least 7 countries offer aid
- The Turkish Foreign Ministry has expressed readiness to offer any necessary assistance to help Morocco recover from the effects of the earthquake.
- In the meantime, the French Foreign Ministry stated that France is prepared to offer immediate assistance for rescue and aid to the people impacted by this tragic event. Valerie Pecresse, the president of the Paris region, announced a 500,000 euro ($535,000) aid package for Morocco. Benoit Payan, the mayor of Marseille, mentioned that they will send firefighters to support rescue teams in Morocco, emphasizing the strong connection between Marrakech and Marseille as sister cities.
- During a G20 meeting in Delhi, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares stated that Spain is making its military emergency unit, embassy, and consulates available to Morocco for assistance.
- Israel’s Foreign Minister, Eli Cohen, expressed Israel’s willingness to assist Morocco during this challenging period caused by the earthquake. He mentioned that as soon as they were informed about the earthquake, Israel promptly offered humanitarian aid and support for rescue efforts to the Moroccan government.
- The Tunisian presidency announced that President Kais Saied has granted permission for coordinating with Moroccan authorities to provide immediate assistance. This includes sending civil protection teams to aid Morocco in their search and rescue operations. Additionally, a delegation from the Tunisian Red Crescent will be facilitated to assist in relief efforts and provide assistance to the injured.
- Romania’s Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu stated that the Romanian government is in constant communication with Moroccan authorities and stands prepared to provide assistance as needed.
- Taiwan’s fire department has assembled a team of 120 rescuers who are on standby, ready to deploy to Morocco immediately upon receiving instructions from Taiwan’s foreign ministry.