Emergency Assistance for the Earthquake Disaster in Morocco

February 25, 2004

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to dispatch a Japan Disaster Relief Team comprising 23 persons to help search survivors, and also provide emergency assistance in kind equivalent to 16 million yen (blankets, generators, plastic jerry cans and tents, including the transportation cost) to the Kingdom of Morocco for the earthquake disaster in Al Hoceima. The team will leave Japan in the evening of February 25 (Wed).

  2. At around 11:30 a.m. on February 24 (Tue) Japan time, Morocco suffered an earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale with its epicenter in the suburbs of Al Hoceima, approximately 300 km east-northeast of the capital Rabat. As of 8:00 a.m. February 25, 564 deaths and about 300 injuries were confirmed.

  3. The Government of the Kingdom of Morocco has set up an emergency headquarters and has been making efforts on its own for relief and restoration activities. It requested emergency aid from Japan at 9:30 a.m. on the 25th Japan time.

  4. The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency assistance from the humanitarian point of view and in light of the friendly relations between Japan and the Kingdom of Morocco.

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