International solidarity with Libya as scores lose their lives to Storm Daniel

Scores have lost their lives so far in different cities and towns in eastern and southeastern Libya due to the torrents of rainwater and strong winds of Storm Daniel that has been ravaging the region since the early hours of Saturday.

The Libyan Prime Minister, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, held an emergency press conference with the Head of the Presidential Council, Mohammed Menfi, announcing three days of mourning and flying the Libyan flag at half-mast for the lost lives. Dbeibah also confirmed that 60 million dinars had been sent as an emergency response budget to the storm-hit region.

Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, United Kingdom and Algeria’s Foreign Ministries all issued statements of solidarity with Libya and offered condolences to the families of those who had lost their lives amid the awful weather conditions that led to the destruction of houses, floods, and devastation.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said it was closely following the emergency caused by severe weather conditions in the eastern region of the country, expressing its heartfelt condolences to the families of those who had lost their lives and solidarity with all people affected by Storm Daniel.

Likewise, the UN envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, expressed on X platform his deep sorrow at the devastation caused by Storm Daniel in eastern Libya, adding that “many have lost their loved ones, homes and livelihoods.” He also said that the UN in Libya was standing in solidarity with Libyans during this difficult time.

Devastation in Derna.


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