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Earthquake in Morocco: Malteser International assessment team on site

Last weekend's earthquake in Morocco was the worst in about 100 years. A Malteser International assessment team is on the ground. Photo: Malteser International

Cologne. An assessment team from Malteser International (MI) reached Marrakech on Monday evening and will be working in the Atlas Mountains during the coming days to get an idea of what those affected by the earthquake need most. MI is working together with its local partners to provide urgently needed help and is in close contact with the Embassy of the Order of Malta to Morocco.

"The scale of destruction that I have seen today, especially in the villages in the Atlas Mountains, is severe. In some villages, not a single house has been spared. The people here are now in urgent need of food and drinking water, as well as tents and beds. Many of them simply have nothing left," says Oliver Hochedez, head of Malteser International's emergency relief department.

Last weekend, Morocco experienced its worst earthquake in around 100 years. According to current figures, more than 2,800 people died in the 6.8 magnitude earthquake, more than 2,500 are injured. Unicef estimates that around 100,000 children are affected by the impacts.

Attention editors:
Oliver Hochedez, Head of the Emergency Department of Malteser International is available for interviews and sound bites.

Operator: +49 (0)221 98227 181, katharina.kiecol(at)malteser-international.org


Keyword: "Emergency aid Morocco".

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Katharina Kiecol
Email: katharina.kiecol(at)malteser-international.org

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