Thursday, July 18, 2024

Emirates Space supports relief efforts and rescue teams in managing the aftermath of the Morocco earthquake


The “Space Data Analysis Platform” project team at the Emirates Space Agency’s “Space Data Complex” and in collaboration with Bayonat contributed to the submission of several analytical reports published in the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters. website, as part of international efforts to manage the effects of the recent earthquake in the sister kingdom of Morocco.

This stems from the UAE Space Agency’s belief in the importance of international cooperation and humanitarian solidarity in the face of natural disasters.

The reports of the “Space Data Analysis Platform” project team, available among other reports to several national and international space agencies and organizations, contributed to the assessment of the extent of damage caused by the earthquake and to the formulation of effective relief and recovery plans. , in addition to continuous monitoring of the situation, these efforts represent a living example of the achievements that can be achieved through the use of space technologies, as well as the role of the International Convention on Space and Major Disasters as an important tool. Use of space technology for the benefit of humanity in times of disaster.

Salem Buti Salem Al Qubaisi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, said that international cooperation in the field of responding to natural disasters is an urgent need to address the threats facing humanity and requires immediate and coordinated responses among regional authorities. and internationally.

He emphasized that benefiting from the space data analysis platform and space data collection program reflects the importance of this cooperation in international relief efforts for the sister kingdom of Morocco. Extent of damage and effective and efficient planning of relief measures.

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Moroccan authorities announced that 50,000 houses have completely or partially collapsed in five regions affected by the devastating earthquake that struck various parts of the kingdom last week, killing 2,946 people, according to a statement issued by the Moroccan Royal Court yesterday. 5,674 people were injured.

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI chaired a working meeting on Thursday at the Royal Palace in Rabat dedicated to the implementation of an emergency plan for the resettlement of victims and care for the groups most affected by the Al Hous earthquake. Subject of the Royal Instruction during the working session chaired by the King on 9th September.

The statement indicated that the government will provide emergency aid worth 30,000 dirhams to the affected families.

Direct financial assistance worth Dh140,000 is planned for fully collapsed houses and Dh80,000 for rehabilitation of partially collapsed houses.

In Geneva, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths yesterday expected Morocco to request United Nations assistance to support survivors of a powerful earthquake that struck the country last week.

Emergency relief coordinator Griffiths told a press conference, “Based on our conversations with the Moroccan authorities, we expect and believe that the request for assistance will be sent within hours. That is very soon.”

After getting the green light from Morocco, he stressed that the United Nations could participate in the phase of helping survivors.

Griffiths said, “I believe these numbers are lower than the actual number, but the authorities are keeping a close eye on them.”

Griffiths was not critical of Morocco’s failure to immediately request United Nations assistance, noting that “the first days after a sudden disaster always see relative chaos.”

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The first phase “is focused on searching for survivors and non-survivors,” he said, while “the next phase is to provide assistance and shelter, food and medical equipment to survivors.”

He continued, “I believe that in Morocco we will go from one stage to another.” He explained, “I have no criticism. We are ready to work and provide support regarding integration.”

He continued, “We’ve finally moved from looking for survivors to providing assistance to survivors, and this is the stage where assistance is most important.”

Benoît Charpontier, spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Red Cross, said: “Rebuilding will take weeks, months or even years, because here it is not just a matter of repair, but of rebuilding many villages.”

The International Committee of the Red Cross has launched an appeal to raise more than $100 million to meet Morocco’s urgent needs.

Charpentier explained that people need shelter, mattresses, blankets and winter clothes, and he spoke during Griffiths’ press conference from Marrakesh.

He also said, “Storm and rain are expected next Tuesday while people are sleeping in the open.” In the coming weeks, temperatures in the mountains will drop to zero or minus 10. We must guarantee a roof for all these people.

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