Al-Haouz Earthquake \ Newslooks \ Washington DC \ HM King Mohammed VI, visited, on Tuesday afternoon, the University Hospital in Marrakech, where the Sovereign enquired about the state of health of the wounded, victims of the painful Al-Haouz earthquake occurred on Friday September 8, causing significant human and material losses in several regions of the Kingdom.
HM visited the resuscitation and hospitalization departments for earthquake victims, where he was informed of the state of health of the injured and the care they were receiving from the medical teams mobilized in the wake of this major natural disaster.
This Royal initiative of great moral support to the injured and their families reinforces the various initiatives and measures taken, in accordance with the High Royal Instructions, to rescue, assist and support those affected by the Al-Haouz earthquake.
Some 2,171 injured people were admitted to various hospitals in the Marrakech-Safi region, including 484 with major injuries and 1,570 with minor injuries. 248 people are still hospitalized.
On this occasion, His Majesty King Mohammed VI kindly donated His blood, a powerful gesture that also testifies to the Royal benevolence and expresses the Sovereign’s full solidarity and compassion for the victims and their grieving families.
The King’s visit to the “Mohammed VI” University Hospital reflects the Sovereign’s great concern for the victims of the Al-Haouz earthquake, and underscores the symbiosis that exists between the King and His people in times of hardship and misfortune, enabling the Kingdom of Morocco to manage current crises and look to the future with enthusiasm and determination.
Of the 2,901 deaths reported as of Tuesday, 1,643 were in Al Haouz, a region with a population of around 570,000, according to Morocco’s 2014 census. In certain villages such as Tafeghaghte, residents say more than half the population died.
Morocco has deployed ambulances, rescue crews and soldiers to the region to help assist with emergency response efforts. Aid groups said the government has not made a broad appeal for help and accepted only limited foreign assistance.