Morocco has sent humanitarian aid to the people of Caribbean Islands of Antigua & Barbuda as well as Dominica which were struck lately by powerful and devastating hurricanes.
The Moroccan aid, ordered by King Mohammed VI as a token of solidarity with these friendly countries, includes vital supplies and materials to support the reconstruction efforts.
Morocco has always rushed to help those in need and stood by them whenever necessary. The North African Kingdom sent lately an emergency humanitarian assistance to Rohingyas Muslim refugees fleeing their country Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh.
The country also sends regularly relief aid to African flood/famine stricken countries.
Over the past few weeks the Caribbean Islands have been battered by hurricanes. Hurricane Irma left many of the islands barely habitable and Hurricane Maria closely followed, ripping through these already vulnerable islands, and causing further devastation.
Thousands of people have had their lives ripped apart and their homes destroyed. The Caribbean region is rocked during hurricane season, which officially runs from June through November but the risky peak times are August through late October, with an average of six hurricanes.
The winds, rains, and occasional re-building brought by previous hurricanes did nothing to prepare Caribbean residents for the monster Hurricane Irma. It battered and flooded a large swath of the Caribbean, devastating many areas that are popular with travelers. Then Hurricane Maria came right behind it, causing even more damage.
Experts say Irma was the first category-five hurricane to strike some of the islands but it is unlikely to be the last. Global warming makes such storms stronger, and it raises sea levels, which add to their destructiveness. They will strike hardest at the playgrounds on which the region’s prosperity depends.
The Caribbean is more reliant on tourism than any other region; the industry is responsible directly and indirectly for more than 2m jobs. If the region is to prosper in the long run, the local decision-makers will have to do more to protect coastlines and strengthen buildings and infrastructure.
“Caribbean governments speak a lot about climate change but their actions leave a lot to be desired,” says Ottis Joslyn of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), a body set up by the region’s governments to help countries adapt to global warming effects.