The Arab League’s Secretary General (SG), Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said on the sidelines of the General Assembly of the United Nations that the international community was required to provide Libya with the necessary support after the deadly Storm Daniel and floods that ravaged parts of eastern Libyan cities, especially Derna.
Aboul Gheit said the disaster in Libya was alarming so much that it had rallied Libyans around one another to unify them in the efforts to hold elections in the country as soon as possible.
Storm Daniel and ensuing floods hit eastern coastal cities, especially Derna, Al-Bayda and Al-Marj, on September 10 and 11. Two dams collapsed in Derna valley – an area locally known as Wadi Derna -, washing away entire neighborhoods and killing a number of entire families. The flood torrent obliterated around a quarter or the Mediterranean city of Derna, leaving thousands dead and missing.
The Emergency and Rapid Response Team of the Government of National Unity (GNU) said in a press briefing on Saturday that since the declaration of Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar region as a disaster area, 70 relief planes and eight vessels had arrived in Libya.