UN seeks $71m for Libya flood victims
Written by Adeola Ibrahim on September 15, 2023
The United Nations is urgently seeking more than $71 million to assist those most in need after deadly flash floods swept Libya over the weekend.
Hurricane-strength Storm Daniel slammed into Libya on September 10, killing at least 4,000 people, with thousands more still missing.
In a flash appeal Thursday, the United Nations Humanitarian Agency (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) said it expects the toll to rise.
The city of Derna, one of the hardest-hit locations, was reduced to a wasteland after two upstream dams burst Sunday.
OCHA said estimates suggest 30 percent of the city may have disappeared and with most roads collapsed local authorities are calling for a sea corridor to be established for relief and evacuations.
The entire seaside town of Sousse meanwhile remains submerged.
Calling the situation “catastrophic”, OCHA said its humanitarian partners need $71.4 million to respond to the “most urgent needs of 250,000 people targeted out of the 884,000 people estimated to be in need”.