International organizations and nations extend assistance to Libya

Worldwide response efforts ramp up to aid flood-stricken region, including donations, relief flights, and healthcare support.

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On Sunday, Abdoulaye Bathily, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, conveyed the United Nations’ (U.N.) condolences to Libyan Presidential Council President Mohamed Al-Manfi for the recent disaster in Derna and other affected regions, emphasizing the urgent need for unified and transparent relief efforts in the recovery and reconstruction process, according to the state-run Libyan News Agency (LANA).

According to LANA, in response to the devastating floods and torrents in Derna, Libya, various international entities and organizations have rallied to provide aid and support, with contributions from the Libyan Intelligence Service, the African Union’s incident management mechanism, ABC Bank Group’s $2 million donation, and the arrival of a Saudi relief plane carrying 90 tons of aid, including food and shelter supplies.

Additionally, the Health Minister of Turkey, Fahrettin Koca, announced the delivery of two fully equipped emergency aid ambulances and the deployment of multiple emergency response vehicles to assist in providing healthcare services and transferring intensive care patients in Derna, expressing solidarity with the affected Libyan population.

World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Libya, Ahmed Zouiten, reported an “unspeakable” death toll of 3,998 confirmed victims one week after the catastrophic events in eastern Libya, with the number of missing individuals reaching the thousands.

Meanwhile, a Libyan Red Crescent Society spokesman refuted reports that the death toll from the floods in Derna had reached 11,300 and emphasized that the figures were not issued by the Libyan Red Crescent as reports claimed.