In a recent display of international solidarity and support, two planes from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) landed in Libya on Saturday, equipped with mobile laboratories and specialized teams dedicated to body identification.
The announcement came from Libya’s Rapid Response Team, which further reported the arrival of a Belgian relief plane at Benina International Airport. This aircraft is carrying a substantial amount of essential aid materials.
Further emphasising the international nature of the aid response, the unit acknowledged the arrival of Kuwait’s seventh relief plane. Additionally, they pointed out a significant contribution from the French energy company, Total, which sent a cargo plane stocked with medical relief supplies.
These efforts underline the global commitment to assisting Libya during its challenging times.
Notably, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), revealed that the recent floods in northeastern Libya, have forced an estimated 43,059 individuals to flee their homes.
In a recent report, the IOM said the scarcity of water supply has been a driving factor behind the displacement of many residents from Derna. This shift has contributed to a decrease in the overall number of displaced individuals, within Derna itself.
As the situation develops, more displaced individuals are relocating to eastern areas, such as Tobruk, where approximately 1,320 people have sought refuge. Benghazi has also seen an influx, with around 730 seeking shelter there. The majority of these are being hosted by relatives and extended families.
According to the IOM, field observers have reported that displaced families from Derna are also seeking refuge in Tripoli, Misrata, Gharyan, and Qasr bin Ghasheer. Many of them are temporarily staying with host families, who have opened their doors to provide shelter.
The most pressing needs identified by the displaced population include access to food, drinking water, and mental health, and psychosocial support. Additionally, households with school-aged children are particularly concerned about their children’s ability to attend school and the availability of educational supplies in their new locations.