It’s been more than a week since tsunami “Gregor” hit Atlantic coastal regions in Europe, Africa and America and since then the situation developed, not always for the better.
While disaster relief efforts in Portugal and Spain are still ongoing the people in those two countries are unhappy about how their governments handled the situation directly after the impact of the tsunami. Responses of emergency services were uncoordinated and chaotic, leading to further casualties which could have been prevented, while the governments seemed to be occupied with preventing illegal immigration instead of focusing on the humanitarian disaster in their countries. A protest and remembrance march of 100.000 people gathered yesterday in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, urging the government to rethink how they are handling the crisis, but also remembering the estimated 5.000 people that died in Portugal. The good news is, that the international community is trying to help the governments of Spain and Portugal in dealing with the situation by sending financial aid and humanitarian supplies.
Morocco as well received a lot of financial aid and humanitarian help from several countries of the African Union and the European Union. However, the situation in the country became more and more unstable after it was hit by the tsunami. With the King missing and presumed dead, a dispute on the line of succession to the King arose, dividing the country. An unprecedented, direct military intervention by the United States in this struggle for the throne of Morocco further escalated the situation. International media outlets are surprised by the rather reluctant response of international governments to this obvious breach of international law, while one US pilot is still in custody in Morocco. Many citizens of Morocco are unhappy with the situation in their country and are fleeing to Algeria, where a large refugee camp was established near the Moroccan border, but also are fleeing to Portugal and Spain, using the chaotic situation in these two states. The Spanish exclaves of Ceuta and Melilla have been stormed by refugees from Morocco. So far there has been no violence, but the situation is tense.
Cape Verde, which was almost completely destroyed by the tsunami, received help from many African states, evacuating the people from the islands. However, it is still unclear how the international community aims to proceed with the now stateless people of Cape Verde, who currently do not have any place to go. Meanwhile, Senegal is struggling with a water crisis, as the tsunami destroyed an oil storage facility and the oil spoiled freshwater resources in the region around M’bour. All in all tsunami “Gregor” killed an estimated 275.000 people in affected countries.