Federal Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly has issued a heartfelt plea to Canadians currently residing in Morocco, urging them to register with Global Affairs Canada after a catastrophic earthquake that struck late Friday night. In a morning tweet, Joly expressed Canada’s solidarity with all those impacted by the devastating seismic event.
Consular assistance offered: Minister Joly emphasized that Canadians in Morocco should promptly contact the Federal Emergency Watch and Response Centre. This dedicated resource can provide vital emergency consular aid to those facing difficulties abroad. Global Affairs Canada has also indicated that they are actively working on providing an update regarding the number of Canadians present in Morocco at the time of the disaster.
Escalating Casualty Figures: The rare and exceptionally powerful earthquake has already claimed the lives of more than 1,000 individuals, with approximately 1,200 people sustaining injuries. Tragically, these figures are expected to rise as search and rescue operations continue. The magnitude 6.8 earthquake is the most substantial seismic event that struck the North African nation in the past 120 years.
As Canada extends its support and assistance to its citizens and all those affected by this tragedy, the importance of registering with Global Affairs Canada for those in Morocco cannot be overstated.