Thursday, September 17, 2009

Morocco sends aid to Niger, Burkina Faso

Morocco has dispatched tons of aid to Burkina Faso and Niger following the catastrophic floods that hit the two Western African countries a fortnight ago.

Tons of humanitarian assistance aboard seven aircraft left Morocco's Atlantic town of Kénitra for Niamey and Ouagadougou. The assistance is composed of several tons of medicines, hundreds of tents and thousands of blankets, Maghreb Arabe Presse (MAP) said on Tuesday. The special airlift was set up by the North African country in accordance with the instructions of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

His Majesty the King had decided to send emergency humanitarian aids as part of the active solidarity and brotherly ties between Morocco and the two West African states. The recent torrential rains and flooding have affected 600,000 people in 16 West African nations, according to the United Nations. The worst hit countries are Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana, and Niger.

A total of 159 people have died, and more than 100,000 people are still homeless in Burkina Faso and Senegal after the heavy rains, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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