The death toll of the earthquake in Morocco has risen to 2,901 and the number of those injured, 5,530, Moroccan state TV reported.
Moroccan King Mohammed VI paid a hospital visit Tuesday to victims of the earthquake that rocked the North African country on Friday.
He was at Marrakech University Hospital where he “inquired about the state of health of the injured” before donating blood, according to the official MAP news agency.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs yesterday commiserated with His Majesty, King Sidi Mohammed VI, the Head of State of the Kingdom of Morocco over the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the High Atlas Mountain range on Friday.
The NSCIA, under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, said it was devastated by the tragedy which had so far claimed over 2,000 lives and left thousands of others injured.
The Deputy Secretary-General of NSCIA, Prof. Salisu Shehu, in a statement, urged Nigerians in particular and the world in general to come to the aid and extend helping hands in diverse ways to Morocco at this critical period.
“The Council also urged all Jumu’ah Imams in Nigeria to dedicate their Friday sermons this week to the Morocco calamity and to call on the Muslim Ummah to pray for our brothers and sisters that Allah forgive those who have departed and ease the affairs of the survivors and the entire people of the Republic of Morocco,” Shehu said.
Also, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) called on the international communities to increase rescue support and humanitarian gestures to Morocco.
It urged Nigerians desiring to extend support to the earthquake victims to kindly do that through the Moroccan Embassy in Nigeria, located at No. 39, Lake Chad Street, Maitama, Abuja or Plot 1318, Karimu Kotun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
JNI, in a statement by its Secretary General, Professor Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, described the earthquake as one of the world’s most terrifying episodes that must have occurred in recent history.
It called on the international communities to increase rescue support and humanitarian gestures Morocco.
It urged Muslims to use the Moroccan earthquake to take heed and look inwards by retracting from misdoings and be of good to Allah, society and humanity in general.
It implored Muslims to fervently include the people of Morocco in their prayers for fast recovery, saying, “The call has become imperative owing to the fact that Morocco has for many years, been a dependable ally to Nigeria and Nigerians.”