The newly-built residential area of Casablanca - known as El Hassani, "the Beautiful", - was inaugurated by King Mohammed V of Morocco on June 14.
LV. New buildings.
NEARER V.New buildings.
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SV. King handing deeds to residents.
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CU. Back view of King.
SIDE V.Unveiling plaque.
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Background: The newly-built residential area of Casablanca - known as El Hassani, "the Beautiful", - was inaugurated by King Mohammed V of Morocco on June 14. New dwellings have been constructed following the serious fire of a year ago, which destroyed a poor quarter of the city, leaving 2,500 families homeless.
At the inauguration, the King distributed 250 dwellings to tenants, bringing the total number of new dwellings now occupied to 2,000. Priority for occupation of the new homes was given to the inhabitants of this part of Casablanca who were made homeless in the fire. Following the catastrophe, they had been lodged in hastily erected tents.
While this particular rehousing problem in Casablanca has been rapidly dealt with, large-scale campaigns to deal with Morocco's shortage of good housing continues.