Humanitarian assistance in response to Morocco earthquake

  • Joint media release with:
  • The Hon Pat Conroy MP, Minister for International Development and the Pacific
  • The Hon Tim Watts MP, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Australian Government will provide $1 million in emergency humanitarian assistance to people affected by the devastating earthquake in Morocco.

The funds will be provided through local organisations including the Red Cross and Red Crescent to deliver immediate life-saving assistance including emergency shelter, first aid, protection and psychological support.

We extend Australia's deepest sympathies to families and communities that have lost loved ones, and those whose lives and livelihoods have been affected.

Australia stands ready to consider further requests for assistance.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong:

“Australians have been deeply moved by the heartbreaking loss of life and destruction of property in Morocco.

“The Australian Government’s emergency assistance will help deliver crucial supplies to those most in need.

“Our thoughts are with all those affected, including the Australian-Moroccan community.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for International Development and The Pacific, the Hon Pat Conroy MP:

“We stand in solidarity with the people of Morocco at this terrible time.

“This support will help local organisations deliver emergency shelter, medical transport, first aid, protection and support to affected communities.

“Australia is ready to respond further as the full impact of this disaster becomes clearer.”

Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Tim Watts MP:

“Our thoughts are with the victims of the tragic earthquake in Morocco, their families, and the rescue personnel working hard to save as many lives as possible.”

“The resilience, determination and belief of the Moroccan people I saw during my visit in December 2022 have been on display to the world in the aftermath of this tragedy.”

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