The Australian Government has announced a significant humanitarian aid package of $1 million to provide emergency assistance to those affected by a catastrophic earthquake in Morocco.
Lifesaving Aid Through Local Organizations
The relief funds will be disbursed through local organizations, including the Red Cross and Red Crescent, to swiftly deliver vital, life-saving aid. This assistance encompasses emergency shelter, crucial first aid, protective measures, and psychological support.
A Global Expression of Sympathy
Australia conveys its deepest condolences to the families and communities grappling with the loss of loved ones and the profound impact on lives and livelihoods in Morocco.
Australia stands ready to consider additional requests for assistance as the situation evolves.
Statements from Australian Government Leaders
Quote from Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs:
“Australians have been deeply moved by the heartbreaking loss of life and destruction of property in Morocco. The Australian Government’s emergency assistance will help deliver crucial supplies to those most in need. Our thoughts are with all those affected, including the Australian-Moroccan community.”
Quote from the Hon Pat Conroy MP, Minister for International Development and The Pacific:
“We stand in solidarity with the people of Morocco at this terrible time. This support will help local organizations deliver emergency shelter, medical transport, first aid, protection, and support to affected communities. Australia is ready to respond further as the full impact of this disaster becomes clearer.”
Quote from the Hon Tim Watts MP, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs:
“Our thoughts are with the victims of the tragic earthquake in Morocco, their families, and the rescue personnel working hard to save as many lives as possible. The resilience, determination, and belief of the Moroccan people I saw during my visit in December 2022 have been on display to the world in the aftermath of this tragedy.”