PM Skerrit pledges gov’t solidarity to Morocco following devastating earthquake claiming over 2,000 lives

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has extended his condolences and pledged the unwavering solidarity of the Government and people of Dominica to the Kingdom of Morocco. The North African nation is reeling from a catastrophic earthquake that has tragically claimed the lives of over 2,000 residents and left countless others injured or

The earthquake, described as the most powerful to strike Morocco’s centre in more than a century, has left the nation grappling with immense devastation. When news broke, Skerrit took to his social media account and wrote, “On behalf of the Government and people of Dominica I express deep sympathies to King Mohammed VI, the grieving families and the people of Morocco. May God grant healing to the many injured.”

Stating that Morocco “has been a good friend to Dominica” Skerrit assured the country that Dominica stands in solidarity and is ready to offer any assistance and support that may be required during this challenging period.

The earthquake, with its epicentre near the bustling tourist and economic centre of Marrakech, unleashed unparalleled devastation and prompted extensive search and rescue efforts. According to reports from state media on Monday, the disaster has resulted in the tragic loss of at least 2,497 lives, with 2,476 individuals sustaining injuries. The scope of the destruction has left entire communities reduced to rubble, compelling rescue teams to labour tirelessly to reach isolated areas.

The earthquake struck with unwavering force at around 11:11 p.m. local time on Friday, delivering shockwaves that reverberated throughout the nation. Its epicentre was situated in the High Atlas mountain range, approximately 72 kilometres (44.7 miles) southwest of Marrakech, a city that is home to approximately 840,000 residents.

The seismic impact rippled far and wide, extending as far north as Casablanca. Nonetheless, the towns and villages situated near the base of the Atlas Mountains bore the brunt of the devastation. Morocco has suffered earthquakes in the past, but few in its history have been so powerful. This quake is Morocco’s deadliest since 1960 when an earthquake killed more than 12,000 people.

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  1. kubulol
    September 12, 2023

    Morocco is not asking for help! for political reasons, while people are dying
    They refuse any aid from countries that do not recognize their sovereignty over Western Sahara
    This region was once a Spanish colony; When the Spanish withdrew, Morocco unilaterally decided that this land would belong to it !
    Not fair ; no objective reason ;
    why Morocco and not Mauritania or the Sawhari people ( indigenious ) themselves ?

  2. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    September 11, 2023

    Roosevelt, it’s not the simple betting of your gum expressing solidarity helps not the dead, the dying, the displaced, or anyone in Morocco: If you inform the nation that you we re sending cadaver dogs and their handlers to the North African country to aide in the recovery of dead bodies covered in the rubble some of us might be impressed.
    If you told the nation that you were sending a team of Dominica, nurses and medical professionals including doctors to give medical care to those surviving the aftermath; that would be impressive.
    It you were sending a tong of different medicine; that would impress the readers.
    The government of Morocco only solicited help from the United Arab Emirates:
    Not America, Canada, the Uk, nor any of the European nations.
    So, who invited you and your hogwash bs talk about solidarity, which in your world is less than sweet sounding music.
    Who invited you and your empty talk of solidarity when you can’t afford anything to give!

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  3. Juanita
    September 11, 2023

    Does Dominica have a Humanitarian Thematic Fund? I’m asking for a friend.

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  4. Dry Brain
    September 11, 2023

    Hey mr. AM, send the Morocco 🇲🇦 people 20 million dollars from our passport money that’s lodged in offshore banks making mocho interest which benefits foreigners. Tell them that’s what the people of Dominica sent to help rebuild their lives. Oh no! Most of them are Dominicans anyway! “Our Fellow Men.”

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  5. Juanita
    September 11, 2023

    “Skerrit assured the country that Dominica stands in solidarity and is ready to offer any assistance and support that may be required during this challenging period” Psychologists posit that a delusion of grandeur is a false belief in one’s power and importance. The AP is reporting that residents in the seismic zone in Morocco are in urgent need of International Humanitarian Specialists – volunteer fire fighters, doctors, nurses, etc. It is necessary to observe that just recently, two US universities had to give an ultimatum in order to get Dominica authorities to pay a portion of their bill. Just last week, through this medium, another lady wrote an open letter begging for compensation for her land acquired by government. Additionally, countless citizens are still living under plastic roofs post Maria. If the PM really wants to assist, maybe he should start by taking the pressure off Morrocco and offer to pay the fees for the OECS scholars there for this semester at least.

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  6. Shaka Zulu
    September 11, 2023

    Politicians are a special breed of humans. I think just as priests and pastors are agents of the good for the most part politicians are that of the devil. What is a pledge of solidarity going to do? Why not offer to send the best sniffing dogs we have trained in search and rescue? Why not assemble a team of caricom emergency responders to head out there get much needed experience since we to have the potential for such disasters. Over 200k died in Hati and it will happen again. Why not offer to send the finest search and rescue team from DA. Wait wait… we do not have that. RSS is for political intimidation in Salisbury. Why not ensure after morrocco spent millions on a hotel it is finished. Instead we make statements like these that are as empty as the individual it is coming from and means absolutely nothing. at least if the hotel was done we could house some homeless morroccans.

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