Aid delivering to E. Libya after deadly floods-Xinhua

Aid delivering to E. Libya after deadly floods

Source: Xinhua| 2023-09-19 03:48:15|Editor: huaxia

TRIPOLI, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- From various Libyan cities, the delivery of medicine, food and other supplies to floods-hit towns and cities in the eastern region is continuing on Monday.

Meanwhile, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said that nine UN Agencies are continuing to deliver aid and support to the stricken areas.

"Teams from nine UN agencies have been on the ground delivering aid and support to those affected by Storm Daniel and the flash flooding over the last few days," UNSMIL said in a statement.

Abdoulaye Bathily, special representative of the UN secretary-general for Libya, said on Sunday the importance of swift, coordinated and united efforts to recover from the floods, reiterating the urgency for Libya to have unified and legitimate institutions to respond effectively to all challenges facing the Nation.

Earlier in the week, the UN launched an emergency flash appeal totaling 71.4 million U.S. dollars, among which 10 million dollars has been allocated from the UN's Central Emergency Relief Fund to support people affected by the floods.

On Sept. 10, Mediterranean storm Daniel triggered the worst floods in Libya in decades, which have so far claimed at least 5,500 lives and left another 10,000 missing, according to official statistics.

Derna, located some 1,300 km east of the capital Tripoli, suffered more damage than any other city in the region, as 25 percent of the city was destroyed by the storm and flash floods.

The National Center for Disease Control warned against using the water in Derna, which was contaminated by the sewage water for fear of the spread of diseases due to water pollution.

More than 38,640 people in Eastern Libya remain displaced after the floods, with many of them using schools as shelter and many others hosted by volunteer hosts in different parts of the country.

Libya, an oil-rich country, is politically divided between eastern and western governments. Each administration is backed by armed groups and militias.