Deputy President Paul Mashatile on behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa, the government and people of South Africa, has expressed condolences to the Kingdom of Morocco following a devastating earthquake that hit the country.
According to media reports, Friday’s earthquake claimed the lives of more than 2 000 people while about 2 000 were injured.
CNN reported that although 2 000 people have been confirmed dead, the death toll is expected to rise as rescue workers continue to search through the rubble.
Morocco’s King Mohamed VI has declared three days of mourning and ordered mosques to hold funeral prayers this morning.
The BBC reported that people were sleeping outside in Marrakech out of fear for aftershocks that might destroy more buildings.
CNN also reported that although the UN offered assistance, Morocco is handling the response to the earth quake themselves. The UN said it would act when requested by Moroccan authorities.
In a statement yesterday, Mashatile said the thoughts of the people of South Africa are with the families that have lost their loved ones in this tragedy.
“We are deeply saddened by the shocking loss of life and extend our deepest sympathies to the people of Morocco, and wish all survivors strength and a speedy recovery,” he said. – SAnews.gov.za
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