Egypt’s Minister of Immigration, Saha Al-Jundi announced that 87 Egyptian nationals have been identified in Libya, as a result of storm Daniel. A further 291 individuals are still missing.
The Minister also stated that the ministry has received approximately 400 calls from families who lost contact with their loved ones. Specifically, 391 Egyptians were reported missing in Derna alone.
It’s worth noting that, according to data from the Ministry of Immigration, there are 350,000 Egyptians in Libya: 200,000 in the east and 150,000 in the west.
On Tuesday, Egypt announced a three-day mourning period, in solidarity with the victims of recent humanitarian disasters in Libya and Morocco.
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has instructed the Armed Forces to “provide immediate support and humanitarian aid to the brothers in Libya and Morocco.”
Meanwhile, a high-level military delegation led by the Egyptian Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Osama Askar arrived in Benghazi.
This is to establish a joint mechanism with the Libyan National Army (LNA) for relief and rescue operations, according to Egyptian local media.
El-Sisi has conveyed profound condolences to Libya following the devastation caused by the Mediterranean storm, Daniel. This has reportedly resulted in thousands of casualties. El-Sisi reiterated Egypt’s solidarity, both by its government and people, with the Libyan nation during this painful ordeal.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry also expressed its sincere condolences and solidarity with Libya. The storm triggered floods in the east of the country, leading to a significant number of victims and injuries.
It offered its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wished a swift recovery for those injured. Storm Daniel ravaged several eastern regions of Libya, notably the cities of Benghazi, Al-Bayda, Al-Marj, Sousse, and Derna, resulting in a significant toll.