Morocco to spend $12bn on earthquake recovery

Morocco’s King, Mo­hammed VI, has said that the country will spend 120bn dirhams ($11.6bn; £9.4bn) to rebuild the regions destroyed by the September 8 earthquake.

The funds will also be used to support the more than 4.2 million people in the provinces most im­pacted by the earthquake.

The palace said on Wednesday that the funds would be used to “rehouse affected people, recon­struct homes and restore infra­structure” over a five-year period.

The 6.8-magnitude earthquake, the strongest to hit Morocco in more than 60 years, killed more than 2,900 people and injured more than 5,000 others.

The earthquake also destroyed infrastructure and more than 50,000 homes in the High Atlas Mountains.

So far, Morocco has received $700m in donations to help with its earthquake recovery plan.

The country plans to make up the deficit using funds allocated by the Moroccan government, international aid and continued do­nations to the earthquake recovery fund. —BBC

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