Moroccan Red Crescent setting up camps for earthquake victims

Published: 26 February 2004

The Moroccan Red Crescent has set up a tented camp for survivors of the violent earthquake that hit the country’s northeastern coast early on Tuesday morning, leaving close to 600 people dead and many hundreds injured. According to authorities, there may be tens of thousands people left homeless in the region of the coastal city of Al-Hoceima.

The camp, located in Im Zouren, one of the most affected towns, about 15 kilometres south of Al-Hoceima, is hosting some 700 people so far and is being managed by the Moroccan Red Crescent. Volunteers are currently registering people and will begin distributing essential relief goods later today.

Camps will be set up on two other sites as soon as more tents are received, as the Red Crescent has emptied its stocks. Water distribution points and electrical generators are being set up. The Moroccan Red Crescent has mobilized more than 300 relief workers and medical personnel in its relief operation in the region.

Two relief flights arrived yesterday, carrying hygiene articles, blankets, camp beds and first aid kits, from the Spanish Red Cross. At least five other planeloads of relief goods are expected to land at Al-Hoceima and Nador airports today, carrying clothing, blankets, jerry cans, warehouse and family tents, vehicles and kitchen sets, donated by the Red Cross Societies of Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain. The Red Crescent Societies of Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya are also sending in planeloads of tents, blankets, food, medicines, clothes and hygiene articles.

On Wednesday, 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.

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