Rabat - Morocco’s winterization relief project is well underway, having provided a total of 51,710 families across several provinces with aid in form of food, blankets, and medical assistance since November 2017, according to the Ministry of Interior.
Rabat – Morocco’s winterization relief project is well underway, having provided a total of 51,710 families across several provinces with aid in form of food, blankets, and medical assistance since November 2017, according to the Ministry of Interior.
The aid was mainly centered in the provinces of Al Haouz, Al Hoceima, Beni Mellal, Azilal, Boulemane, Chefchaouen, Khenifra, Ifrane, Midelt, Taourirt, Taroudant, Taza, Tinghir, Sefrou, Chichaoua, Guercif, Errachidia, and Ouarzazate.
In terms of medical care, 31,039 people benefited from the services offered by mobile and field hospitals, including 22,869 beneficiaries from the provinces of Chichaoua and Tinghir and 8,170 from Midelt.403,352 health services were rendered to the inhabitants of the regions concerned via 2,879 visits by mobile medical units and 83 medical caravans.
A total of 3,742 pregnant women were identified, and 391 women in labor were transported to health centers and maternity homes, said the ministry.
Since November, 2017, about 2,108 homeless people have received aid and been taken to shelters.
Regarding helicopter rescue operations, the Royal Gendarmerie, Royal Armed Forces and the Ministry of Health carried out 25 interventions, with the aim of evacuating urgent cases and distributing foodstuffs to the populations of isolated regions.
In addition, the firewood distribution operations benefited 860 schools and 275,883 students.
In total, the Office of the High Commissioner for Water and Forests and the fight against desertification has distributed 5,530 ovens for heating and cooking.
Meanwhile, 29,380 farmers have received 93,186 quintals of subsidized fodder so far , while the Ministry of Agriculture has begun implementing an additional support program for animal feed in 22 provinces.
According to ministerial findings, more than 729 snow removal machines were mobilized. Since the beginning of the current winter season, a series of measures have been taken to ensure the opening of 109 blocked roads: ten national roads, 23 regional roads, and 76 provincial roads, totaling over 5,880 kilometers.
Regarding unclassified roads, the intervention covered 67 road sections with an estimated length of 1,002 km, 687 km of which have since been opened, while work is underway to open remaining 315 km. These interventions have opened access to more than 263 of the 317 douars with difficult access.