German Ambassador Extends Support to Libyan Flood Victims

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The German Ambassador to Libya, Michael Ohnmacht, reiterated his support towards the flood-affected regions in Libya, emphasising the necessity of collective efforts to aid and rebuild the areas devastated by the recent Hurricane Daniel, and subsequent floods. His engagements included discussions with the Head of Libya’s Presidential Council, Mohamed Al-Mnifi, stressing the critical need for comprehensive support and rehabilitation, in the flood-stricken regions of eastern Libya.

Ambassador Ohnmacht also met with the Minister of Local Government and Head of the Government Emergency and Rapid Response Team, Bader Aldeen Al-Tumi. This initiative aligns with Germany’s broader humanitarian and political engagement in Libya, aiming to strengthen bilateral ties, and possibly extending into further economic, political, and humanitarian collaborations.

These developments come amidst an atmosphere of political division in Libya, with the country striving for unity and stability, to pave the way for upcoming elections. German support is not only seen as a humanitarian gesture, but also as a step towards fostering a stronger diplomatic relationship.

Notably, 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%).