Libya: Response to Storm Daniel

Over 3,000 people have died and many others remain unaccounted for after Libya was hit by floods caused by Storm Daniel, according to a Libyan official.

Development Diaries reports that the Mediterranean storm made landfall in eastern Libya on Sunday, flooding the area and destroying buildings in its path.

Libya’s Minister of Health, Othman Jalil, said most of the 3,000 victims were in the coastal city of Derna.

A report by Reuters stated that more than 1,000 bodies have been recovered in Derna after the flood hit.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has expressed willingness to provide urgent humanitarian assistance toward flood response in the North African country.

‘The United Nations in Libya is closely following the emergency caused by severe weather conditions in the eastern region of the country’, UNSMIL said in a statement.

‘We express our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives and our thoughts for all people affected’.

The most severely affected city, Derna, is now inaccessible, with local media reporting that the situation is disastrous with no electricity or communications.

Development Diaries calls on local, national, and international development partners to support the country in providing urgent humanitarian aid to the affected victims.

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