Libyan PM Orders Compensation for Flood-Affected Residents in Ajdabiya


The Libyan Parliament-designated Prime Minister, Osama Hamad has issued directives to begin compensating residents of buildings at risk of collapse in the city of Ajdabiya, within 24 hours.

Hamad conducted a field visit to Ajdabiya to evaluate the security and public service conditions, while reviewing the progress of various projects.

During the visit, the Prime Minister inaugurated various projects, including road maintenance, opening pathways, school repairs, infrastructure improvements, and the provision of water to several areas in the city.

Hammad met with the Director of Ajdabiya’s security, Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari. As well as officials from the service, security, and military sectors to discuss the city’s security situation.

He commended the efforts of the security and military units, and pledged to provide the necessary resources and support for these units.

The committee established by the government and the General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA), has begun the disbursement of financial compensation to the residents of Derna.

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.

This was carried out under the directives of PM Hamad, who Heads the High Committee for Emergencies and Rapid Response.

The distribution took place at the Derna National Theater, on Thursday. The statement noted that this involved the first batch of compensation for approximately 106 individuals.

Notably, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has reported that approximately 43,421 individuals are still displaced in Libya, following storm Daniel.

In a statistical release issued on Friday, the IOM observed the movement of displaced families from Derna to western municipalities, accounting for 6% of the total displaced population from the city.

The majority of the displaced population, about 94%, remains in the municipalities of eastern Libya. The highest percentage of this population is found in Derna (38%), Benghazi (10%), Al-Bayda (10%), Shahat (9%), and Tobruk (8%).

Notably, the World Food Programme (WFP) has called for urgent funding of at least $6.5 million dollars to assist 100,000 people.

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 to date.

The organisation emphasised its commitment to providing emergency food assistance through partners, including the Libyan Agency for Relief and Humanitarian Assistance.

The WFP highlighted severe disruptions in food supply chains, particularly in 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.