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Brussels, 13 September 2023
Following yesterday’s request for international assistance by the Permanent Mission of the State of Libya to the United Nations office in Geneva, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated to support Libya in the aftermath of the major flood that has left thousands of casualties.

Immediately, EU Member States – so far Germany, Romania, Finland – have offered substantial assistance in the form of shelter items such as tents, field beds and blankets, 80 generators, food items, as well as hospital tents and water tanks via the Mechanism. The EU’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre stands ready to coordinate further offers of assistance.

Furthermore, the EU has released an initial €500,000 in humanitarian funding to tackle the most urgent needs of people in Libya affected by the impact of Storm Daniel. Funding will be channelled through partners operating on the ground to deliver lifesaving health and water and sanitation supplies for the flood response in eastern Libya.

Background

Over the past weekend, heavy storm and rain hit eastern Libya resulting in massive floods and extensive damage.

The extreme weather conditions caused the collapse of two dams in Derna, in the northeast region of the country, where flood water swept away entire neighbourhoods, destroyed bridges and damaged roads and other vital infrastructure.

According to preliminary estimations, floods killed over 5,000 people while 9,800 are still missing and 20,000 internally displaced.

The EU has been providing assistance to people in need in Libya without distinction since 2011, with total humanitarian funding of over €89 million.

Libya is also the recipient of development and early-recovery assistance through other EU funding sources. In a nexus approach, the EU’s humanitarian aid and development departments work together to ensure a link between short-term emergency assistance and longer-term development aid, notably in the health sector.

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Source – EU Commission


UK announces new support to Libya in response to devastating floods

 

London, 13 September 2023

The UK has announced a new package of support for Libya following the devastating floods.

The UK has stepped up its response to the devastating floods in Libya.

The Foreign Secretary has announced an initial package worth up to £1 million to provide life-saving assistance to meet the immediate needs of those most affected by the floods.

The UK is working with trusted partners on the ground to identify the most urgent basic needs, including on shelter, healthcare and sanitation and stands ready to provide further support.

In addition, the UN has announced $10 million in response to the flooding from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), to which the UK is one of the largest donors. The UK has committed £52 million towards the UNCERF’s vital work in 2023.

The Minister for Middle East and North Africa, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, also spoke with the Head of Libya’s Presidential Council, Dr Mohamed Menfi, today (Wednesday) to convey his condolences and the UK’s commitment to supporting Libya in the aftermath of this tragedy.

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said:

The UK is committed to supporting Libya following these devastating floods.

The funding announced today will provide life-saving assistance to those most affected by the floods, including women and children and those who have been displaced from their homes.

We will continue to coordinate closely with the UN and the Libyan authorities on what further support may be required.

Further information:
  • CERF is a humanitarian fund established by the United Nations General Assembly to enable timely and reliable humanitarian assistance to those affected by natural disasters, armed conflict and complex emergencies through rapid, effective and efficient channelling of resources to humanitarian agencies.
  • The UK is a proud supporter of CERF. In 2022, the UK was one of the largest donors to the fund, contributing £52m, 10% of overall funding for the year. The UK has committed £52m again in 2023, and remains a strong advocate of CERF’s lifesaving operations.
  • Overall, the UK is the largest contributor to the CERF since its inception, having provided a total of $1.7 billion of core funding between 2006- 2021.

Source – UK Government

 

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