Civil Protection

City Hall provides rescue resources to aid Morocco

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Guilherme Costa Oliveira

Porto City Hall provides 10 elements of Search and Rescue in Collapsed Structures (Busca e Resgate em Estruturas Colapsadas) and four municipal search and rescue dogs brigades to integrate the national contingent to aid Morocco.

“Facing the tragedy that took place [in Morocco] and having resources available to be used on the ground, we had to contribute. I reached out to the minister of Internal Administration and with the national official for Civil Protection and showed our availability to contribute with human and technical resources, Rui Moreira stated to Lusa agency.

According to the politician, the Municipal Service for Civil Protection in Porto provided 10 elements of the BREC team and four units of the Cynotechnical Unit (two from the Fire Brigade Regiment and two from the Municipal Police), with a readiness level of 10 hours.

“It only makes sense if the go to the terrain now. Help is needed now”, Rui Moreira highlights.

It is worth remembering that an earthquake hit Morocco on Friday night, causing more than a thousand deaths and 1.200 injuries, also having caused generalised damage in the region of Marrakech, an important tourist destination in Morocco.

The earthquake, whose epicentre was in the town of Ighil, 63 kilometres southwest of the city of Marrakech, was felt in Portugal and Spain and reached a magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale, according to Morocco's National Geophysics Institute.