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UN warns of second crisis in Libya’s flooded east

UN warns of second crisis in Libya’s flooded east


UN warns of second crisis in Libya’s flooded east.

The United Nations has warned that a disease outbreak in Libya’s northeast, where floods have killed thousands of people, could create “a second devastating crisis” in the war-torn country.

In a statement issued on Monday, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said it was “particularly concerned about water contamination and the lack of sanitation” after two dams collapsed during Mediterranean storm Daniel, sending a wall of water gushing through the eastern city of Derna on September 11.


UN warns of second crisis in Libya’s flooded east.



The statement said that more than 100,000 people were affected by the floods, which damaged or destroyed homes, schools, health facilities, and infrastructure. It also said that humanitarian partners were providing emergency assistance, including food, water, hygiene kits, and medical supplies.

However, the statement warned that the situation could worsen as cases of diarrhea and other waterborne diseases were reported among the affected population, especially children. It urged the authorities and all parties to the conflict to ensure safe and unhindered access for humanitarian workers and supplies to the affected areas.

“The UN is deeply saddened by the loss of life and destruction caused by the floods in Derna and other parts of eastern Libya,” said Georgette Gagnon, UNSMIL’s Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs. “We stand ready to support the Libyan people in this difficult time and call for urgent action to prevent a second crisis.”

Libya has been mired in chaos and violence since a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country is split between two rival administrations: the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli and the eastern-based House of Representatives (HoR) backed by military commander Khalifa Haftar.

The UN has been trying to broker a political solution to end the conflict and pave the way for elections scheduled for December 24. However, the process has faced many challenges and delays amid ongoing clashes, insecurity, and divisions among various factions.

The floods have added another layer of complexity and hardship to the already dire humanitarian situation in Libya, where more than one million people are in need of assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The UN has appealed for $189 million to provide humanitarian aid to Libya in 2023, but so far only 36 percent of the funds have been received.



UN warns of second crisis in Libya’s flooded east.

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