In a press release issued by his Spokesperson, Secretary-Normal António Guterres pressured that the UN was prepared to help the Authorities in any method wanted, to assist these impacted.
Based on the UN humanitarian hub Reliefweb, the highly effective quake struck shortly after 10pm native time, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale at a depth of 18.5 km, with the epicentre situated within the Excessive Atlas mountains, some 71 km southwest of the historic metropolis of Marrakech.
Based on media reviews, a number of homes within the metropolis of 840,000 collapsed and different buildings suffered structural injury. The epicentral zone isn’t densely populated.
“The Secretary-Normal was profoundly saddened to study of the earthquake that hit Morocco in the present day which claimed many lives,” the assertion learn.
‘The UN is by your facet’
Mr. Guterres addressed his most honest condolences to the households of the victims and wished a speedy restoration to the injured.
In a tweet, the President of the UN Normal Meeting, Dennis Francis, supplied his heartfelt sympathy and condolences, calling on the worldwide group “to face collectively in help of Morocco on this time of sorrow.”
Amina Mohammed, the UN Deputy Secretary-Normal, additionally responded on social media platform X, saying that her “prayers and ideas” are with the folks of Morocco.
“The UN is by your facet as we try to get better,” she wrote.
‘Search and rescue’
Nathalie Fustier, UN Resident Coordinator within the nation, spoke to UN Information and reiterated that UN groups are prepared to offer no matter help is required.
She instructed us data was nonetheless scarce and onerous to confirm provided that the epicentre of the quake was in a distant mountainous space which is tough to entry.
Based mostly on what is understood to date, she stated the loss of life toll was prone to be greater than 1,000, with a number of hundred have been injured.
Requested to evaluate the wants of the folks within the affected areas, Ms. Fustier stated: “I feel proper now it is actually search and rescue and perhaps blood and medical help for those who are nonetheless within the areas with out good medical help, but additionally perhaps meals.”
She assured that the UN, each on the nation stage and globally stands prepared to hitch forces with the Authorities of Morocco, which is offering a fast response to the catastrophe. “We now have seen that there’s a big mobilization and, once more, we stand prepared to help”.