ICRC sends 2500 body bags, emergency water items to Libya

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Sunday that their humanitarian response in Libya continued with the arrival of a plane from Nairobi, landing in Benghazi and carrying 2500 body bags and other necessary items for disaster areas.

The ICRC in Libya added that the new aids also included emergency water items including equipment for storage and distribution of drinking water in Derna and surrounding areas.

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.

UNICEF said in a report on Saturday that children were among the most affected, at heightened risk of public health threats, mental health and psychosocial disorders following the floods and destruction caused by Storm Daniel in eastern Libya.

The arrival of the new humanitarian support from the ICRC came in line with more aids arriving in Libya from different countries and organizations.

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 the country.


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