By Loubna Flah
By Loubna Flah
Morocco World News
Casablanca, June 12, 2012
One month after the collapse of many houses in the Old Medina, known for its outdated infrastructure, a new tragedy struck the Casablanca Old Medina residents. The collapse of two houses killed three people. In reaction to this horrific accident, King Mohammed VI commissioned the head of government to form an exceptional committee to count the number of derelict houses with the aim of rehousing the Old medina residents.
The Old Medina residents were awakened by a thunderous “boom” at 8:24 am. The residents rushed to save whoever they could. Four people badly were injured while three others perished in the house collapse. The four survivors are suffering from serious spinal fractures.
Despite the authorities’ efforts to provide buses for the transfer to the cemetery, the residents refused to take these buses and preferred to walk; as a sign of protest towards the government negligence. The funeral for the victims was followed by a procession of outraged women and men from Old Medina.
Sources close to the daily Akhbar AL Yawm revealed that the number of derelict houses is estimated to be 114,000. The government’s procrastination policy regarding the rehousing of the Old Medina residents has been sharply criticized.
Subsequent to the incident and under the close supervision of the King Mohammed VI, a special committee was formed including the ministry of interior, the ministry of housing and urbanization, the ministry of economy and the ministry of communication in order to devise an urgent plan to rehouse Old Medina residents as soon as possible.
Mr. Nabil Benabdellah, the minister of housing and urbanization had declared earlier ‘that the number of derelict houses in Casablanca is estimated to 4,000.
The king’s personal intervention is likely to hasten and enhance the government’s delivery regarding this sensitive issue. In the meantime, thousands of families living under cracked roofs in Casablanca’s Old Medina will not recover their serene sleep any soon.
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