Norway to provide support for earthquake victims in Morocco

‘Norway is providing NOK 10 million for life-saving assistance to the areas most seriously affected by the earthquake in Morocco. The funds will be channelled through the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies,’ said Minister of International Development Anne Beathe Tvinnereim.

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Morocco's Red Crescent is assisting with search and rescue after the earthquake. Credit: Morocco's Red Crescent

The funding from Norway comes in addition to the support already allocated to the Moroccan Red Crescent Society via the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF).

‘The funding from Norway will be used by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in their efforts in Morocco to provide food, medicines and shelter to the victims of the earthquake,’ said Ms Tvinnereim.

The relief effort is being coordinated by the Moroccan authorities. So far, the Moroccan authorities have not issued a direct request for assistance either from Norway or through the EU or UN.

Ready to provide further assistance

‘Norway stands ready to provide further assistance rapidly if Morocco asks for our help. The Norwegian Embassy in Morocco is in close contact with the local authorities to ensure that we have the best possible overview of the situation in the affected areas,’ said Ms Tvinnereim.

The funding from Norway will help to support humanitarian assistance and early recovery efforts via the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and the Moroccan Red Crescent Society, which are both cooperating closely with the local authorities and the UN.

‘Norway allocates NOK 50 million annually to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Disaster Relief Emergency Fund. This funding is made immediately available when disasters such as this earthquake occur. The Moroccan Red Crescent Society has already received support under the Fund for its emergency relief efforts.

Widespread need in Libya

Libya, too, has suffered a serious natural disaster in recent days. Storm Daniel has led to unprecedented flooding in the northeastern part of the country.

‘The situation is still unfolding, but Norway stands ready to offer help to flood victims. We are actively assessing how Norway can contribute most effectively and we are in close contact with our humanitarian partners in Libya,’ said Ms Tvinnereim.