Emergency services are ready to respond if the snowfall and heavy rain leads to road blocks.
Rabat – As severe cold weather hits some of Morocco’s most inaccessible regions, including Al Hoceima province, security services and government representatives have put together an action plan to tackle the impacts of the cold weather on the vulnerable population.
Last week, the governor of the Al Hoceima province, Farid Chourak, chaired a meeting as part of the implementation of the high instructions from King Mohammed VI to give “special attention to citizens in mountainous areas during periods of snowfall, rain and cold,” Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.
Under Chourak’s leadership, the local authorities set out precautionary measures, including the distribution of 1,300 furnaces to the inhabitants of the mountainous areas, as well as firewood for schools.
The measures also includes the distribution of blankets and heating equipment, as well as the mobilization of an awareness campaign to encourage families to take pregnant women to maternity hospitals.
Al Hoceima province experienced a wave of protests in 2016 and 2017, with protesters calling for the end of marginalization and social disparities in the region.
Lack of hospitals and universities brought thousands of protesters in the street for social equality. Since then, the government pledged to take action to ease pressure on citizens and to develop eco-socio projects for the benefit of citizens in the region.
A command committee under the supervision of the governor is on standby to respond to citizens’ needs and provide emergency aid. The committee consists of security services and agents from the Ministry of Equipment.
Residents in the area can call a hotline number (0539982018) if in need of assistance. The phone line will be open to calls all day.