50 Russian Specialists Sent to Libya’s Rescue Operations

391 Egyptians Missing in Libya Following Storm Daniel
391 Egyptians Missing in Libya Following Storm Daniel

The Russian Emergency Ministry’s press office confirmed that 50 specialists have arrived in Libya to conduct search and rescue operations.

Earlier reports from the ministry indicated that this is the third team dispatched, accompanied by a field hospital to Libya, to assist the victims of a devastating flood.

According to the ministry, “The first batch of 50 specialists from the Russian Emergency Department has landed in Libya. These experts, hailing from the ‘Lider center’ are en route to the city of Derna, to perform search and rescue operations.”

These specialists come equipped with all the necessary tools for search and rescue operations, including watercraft, diving equipment, and also include canine units.

Libyan media sources had previously reported on 10 September about severe flooding and landslides in several eastern towns and cities, including Al-Bayda and Derna. As per the local branch of the Red Crescent, the death toll from the floods in eastern Libya has surpassed 11,000, with around 20,000 reported missing.

Notably, a third Russian relief plane landed at Benghazi’s Benina Airport, carrying a range of technical equipment and rescue machinery on Saturday. This move is in response to the devastating aftermath of the Mediterranean storm, Daniel which struck northeastern Libya.

The storm’s impact was gravely felt across the nation, prompting international concern and offers of assistance.

Russian President, Vladimir Putin has conveyed his deep condolences to the Head of Libya’s Presidential Council, Mohamed Al-Mnifi. Emphasising Russia’s readiness to assist, Putin has underscored his commitment to support the victims, and aid in Libya’s recovery from this disaster.

Notably, the second Russian relief plane touched down at the Benina on the previous Friday. This plane was laden with essential technical and medical supplies, and also brought along dedicated rescue teams.

Daniel, the Mediterranean hurricane, wreaked havoc particularly in eastern Libyan cities on Sunday. The catastrophe resulted in thousands of casualties, further exacerbated by the state of dilapidated dams, and the lack of early warning systems in the region.