In the catastrophic aftermath of storm Daniel, USAID announced an urgent plea for aid, with roughly 250,000 Libyans in desperate need of aid from September to December 2023.
The havoc wrought by storm Daniel has significantly impaired northeast Libya, massively disrupting housing, healthcare services, water facilities, and other critical infrastructures.
According to the United Nations, 42,000 people have been displaced amid the disaster, facing dire circumstances, as of mid-October. USAID, acting as an operational arm of the US Department of State, outlined a requirement of $71.4 million dollars to extend support and relief to flood victims for the rest of the year, in a statement issued on Saturday.
Relief entities, diligently operating in the field, performed comprehensive needs assessments throughout the flood-affected areas in late September. Vital necessities were identified, with food, health services, protection, shelter, and sanitation emerging as critical needs.
Recent statistics unveil a tragic scene, recording over 4,000 fatalities and approximately 10,000 people missing.
Last week, the Libyan Parliament-designated Prime Minister, Osama Hammad provided a comprehensive brief on the government’s preparedness and its strategy for reconstructing the city of Derna, and areas adversely affected by the deadly storm Daniel.
This came during a meeting with the Speaker of the Parliament, Ageela Saleh. The meeting was also attended by the Chairman of the Benghazi-based Reconstruction and Stabilization Committee.
Hammad also provided the extensive endeavours his government took towards managing the catastrophe in Derna, and exhaustive details on the support extended by the executive branches to all impacted zones.
As well as introducing a comprehensive development plan for every municipality. He has pledged compensation for the affected residents and revealed that the government has earmarked emergency funds for all the storm-struck municipalities.