UK Announces Support for Flood-Stricken Libya
The UK Government has pledged support “worth up to £1 million” for Libya in response to devastating floods that have caused the loss of thousands of lives in the eastern part of the country.
Initial Assistance Package
The Foreign Office described this funding as an “initial package” aimed at providing assistance to those most severely affected by the flooding. The support will be channeled through collaborations with organizations operating on the ground to identify immediate needs, including shelter, healthcare, and sanitation. The UK is also prepared to offer further assistance as required.
Prime Minister’s Statement
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expressed his shock at the extent of the loss and devastation caused by the floods in Libya. He affirmed the UK’s commitment to providing immediate assistance to the Libyan people, including initial funding to support international relief efforts.
Foreign Secretary’s Commitment
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly emphasized the UK’s dedication to supporting Libya in the aftermath of the devastating floods. The funding announced is intended to provide life-saving assistance, particularly to vulnerable groups like women, children, and those displaced from their homes. The UK government will work closely with the United Nations and Libyan authorities to determine any further support required.
UK’s Financial Support
The Foreign Office specified that the UK’s assistance package is “worth up to £1 million” and is directed towards life-saving aid. Middle East minister Lord Ahmad has engaged with Dr. Mohamed Menfi, the head of Libya’s Presidential Council, to convey condolences and underscore the UK’s commitment to aiding Libya during this challenging period.
Increasing Death Toll and Ongoing Challenges
The death toll from the flooding, which primarily impacted the coastal city of Derna and other areas in eastern Libya, has already surpassed 5,000, and it is expected to rise further. Rescue and relief efforts are facing significant obstacles due to missing persons and the displacement of tens of thousands of individuals.
Several countries, including Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as the United States, have dispatched rescue teams and humanitarian aid to assist Libya. US President Joe Biden has also announced emergency funds for relief organizations and is collaborating with Libyan authorities and the United Nations to provide additional support.