The World Food Programme (WFP) has called for urgent funding of at least $6.5 million dollars to assist 100,000 people affected by the floods that struck eastern Libya.
In a report, the WFP stated that it has delivered 131 tons of food supplies to 21,500 affected individuals, in 11 disaster-stricken areas in eastern Libya.
The organization emphasised its commitment to providing emergency food assistance through partners, including the Libyan Agency for Relief and Humanitarian Assistance.
The UN agency also highlighted that the situation remains fragile in northeastern Libya, following the devastating floods and flash floods that hit several cities on 10 September.
Earlier, the WFP announced plans to expand its support, aiming to reach up to 100,000 individuals in the storm-hit areas in Libya.
The WFP highlighted severe disruptions in food supply chains, particularly in the city of Derna and its surroundings.
It stated that it has tapped into previously stocked food reserves, in collaboration with its partner, LibAid, to assist families directly affected by the Daniel catastrophe.
“We are working to expand the scope of support to reach 100,000 people in the most affected areas,” it added.
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.
On 10 September, a devastating storm swept through several eastern regions of Libya, notably the cities of Derna, Benghazi, Al-Bayda, Al-Marj, and Sousse. This resulted in significant destruction, and led to the loss of thousands of lives, injuries, and missing individuals.