Major global oil corporations operating in Libya, including Eni, Total, Repsol, OMV, Wintershall, and Schlumberger, announced on Monday their “unwavering readiness to mobilize all resources to contribute to the humanitarian needs of the eastern cities, impacted by Hurricane Daniel.”
This commitment was made during a meeting with the Head of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), Farhat Bengdara. The companies expressed their “eagerness to collaborate with the emergency committee formed by the corporation, aiming to support the affected communities and harness all potential resources.”
Bengdara issued a decision on Monday to establish an emergency committee. This committee’s purpose is to assess the needs of the flood-affected areas, and provide immediate necessities to the residents. Additionally, they will liaise with the oil sector companies abroad, alongside foreign partners to procure items not readily available in the local market.
Notably, Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Head of the African Union Commission has made an urgent appeal to the international community to provide support to Libya. The country is reeling from devastating floods that have impacted several cities in the east.
“We stand in full solidarity with the families of the victims, and those missing due to these catastrophic floods. We pray for the departed souls to find eternal peace, and for those affected to experience healing and solace. I commend the Libyan authorities for their efforts in tackling this natural disaster, and implore the global community to rally behind them in support,” Faki tweeted.
On Monday, the Arab Parliament urged member states, global powers, humanitarian organisations, and the broader international community to rally in support of Libya. The recent tempest has unleashed devastating floods upon the nation, resulting in the tragic loss of numerous lives and countless injuries.
In its statement, the Arab Parliament emphasised the “critical importance of extending assistance to Libya during these sorrowful times. This tragedy underscores the need to bolster both Arab and international cooperation, and expedite the delivery of urgent humanitarian relief.” It also called for the “prompt establishment of air bridges and secure corridors to facilitate the speedy arrival of these much-needed aids.”