The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, directed, on Sunday, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center to operate an air bridge to provide various relief aid, to mitigate the effects of the earthquake on the Moroccan people.
Advisor to the Royal Court and General Supervisor of the Center, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, confirmed that the assistance provided comes out of the keenness of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his Crown Prince to stand by the affected Moroccan people and mitigate the effects of the devastating earthquake, which caused huge losses of lives and property in The Kingdom of Morocco, according to the Saudi Press Agency “SPA”.
He also explained that, according to the directive, the Saudi search and rescue team from the General Directorate of Civil Defense, and teams from the Saudi Red Crescent Authority, led by the King Salman Relief Center, will be sent to participate in relief and humanitarian work, and to rescue detainees and those affected by the earthquake incident, which afflicted the Moroccan people.
It is noteworthy that the provisional death toll from the devastating earthquake that struck vast areas south of Marrakesh, Morocco, on Friday night, rose to at least 2,122 dead as of Sunday afternoon.
The Ministry of the Interior said in a statement: “In a provisional toll, as of four in the afternoon (15:00 GMT), the number of deaths caused by the earthquake reached 2,122 people, and the number of wounded was 2,421,” according to Agence France-Presse.
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While the largest death toll was recorded in Al Haouz Province (1,351), south of Marrakesh, where the epicenter of the earthquake was identified.
She also added that the authorities “continue their efforts to rescue and evacuate the wounded, care for the injured victims, and mobilize all necessary capabilities to address the effects of this painful tragedy.”
The intensity of the earthquake reached 7 on the Richter scale, according to the National Center for Scientific and Technical Research (6.8 according to the US Seismological Service).