STORM DANIEL WREAKS HAVOC IN NORTHEASTERN REGION OF LIBYA:
In the wake of the catastrophic events of Storm Daniel in east of Libya, which began on Sunday, 9th September, 2023 where the death toll surpassed 6,000 and around 12,000 individuals are reportedly missing, the Nigeria Embassy in Tripoli has commiserated with the good people and government of Libya in its condolence message to the Host Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 12th September, 2023.
The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has also sent a Condolence Message to Libya sympathizing with the country, in which two of its water dams in the eastern city of Derna collapsed simultaneously during Storm Daniel, unleashing millions of cubic metres of water that caused devastating floods in the city (attached is Mr. President’s Condolence Letter).
Mission, through the leadership of the Nigerian community in Benghazi, has been closely monitoring the situation in the region in the past three days. Fortunately, there are no confirmations yet regarding the registration of Nigerian victims in the eastern region of Libya since Storm Daniel befell the region on 10th September.
Highlight of international assistance to Mitigate the humanitarian crisis of storm Daniel:
The United Nations (UN) has launched a donation campaign themed, “Response to Libya Floods,” to raise $10 million to allocate to those affected by the floods in the country for assistance. It cited the fact that Storm Daniel has caused widespread damage in northeastern Libya, destroying thousands of homes and claiming thousands of lives. It said that the donations should be directed to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which had immediately allocated $10 million for urgent, life-saving assistance to affected communities in Libya.
The UN Envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, has hailed the solidarity of local institutions from all regions to assist confront the effects of Storm Daniel. He said that it was a moment in which everyone is united to feel the pain of others, but also a moment in which everyone would heal their wounds together. Mr. Bathily's remarks came as a message of condolence, sympathy and support to the Libyan people following the massive disaster caused by the storm. He praised the countries that provided support to Libya, pointing out that the situation was catastrophic, saying the needs were enormous. He called on the international community to join hands and support the Libyan authorities to help those affected in eastern Libya.
The Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Eastern Mediterranean, Ahmed Al-Mandhari, has said that Libya is going through an unprecedented humanitarian crisis as the impact of Storm Daniel begins to unfold. Mr. Al-Mandhari added that the storm has caused the most intense and worst floods the country has experienced in the last century, with massive and devastating damage affecting between 1.5 to 1.8 million people in eastern Libya. The humanitarian situation is very bad, as the smells of decomposing bodies has begun to spread in the air, fearing that epidemics and diseases would spread if there is no quick response.
The United Kingdom has announced an initial package worth up to £1 million to assist local efforts in addressing the impact of floods that hit eastern Libya.
For the last two days, planes carrying medical and relief supplies as well as search and rescue teams have been arriving from several countries, including Turkey, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Malta, Spain, Italy, Germany and so on.
Embassy of Nigeria,
15th September, 2023.
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