Libyan authorities scramble to provide assistance after flooding disaster

Sep 11, 2023 | Libyan actors

On 11 September, as storm Daniel’s death toll began to mount, both the Government of National Stability (GNS) and the Government of National Unity (GNU) in Tripoli declared three days of mourning. Both promised support for the devastated communities and financial aid and help for the rescue operations. The House of Representatives (HoR) and the High State Council (HSC) both held sessions to discuss the emergency. Presidential Council (PC) head Muhammed al-Menfi co-chaired an emergency meeting of the GNU cabinet with Dabaiba. It set up a liaison committee with the mayors of the affected towns, approved LYD 60 million for immediate rapid response needs, the dispatch of 6,000 extra police to the east, plus pumps, rescue equipment, mechanical diggers, power generators and other equipment along with canoes and relief trucks with food and other supplies for those who have lost homes. These are to be flown from Tripoli and Misrata. It was also agreed to provide compensation to those affected.

For his part GNS PM Osama Hammad allocated LYD 200 million to the towns affected by the flooding. In addition, PC member Abdullah Al-Lafi has been in contact with Hammad about the rescue needs and support, which could trigger further interaction. The Libyan National Army (LNA) and civil organisations such as the Red Crescent also took part in the rescue operations. At one point, it was reported that seven LNA members were missing and that the Red Crescent had lost one of its rescue staff. Even ambulances and other vehicles sent out to rescue people were reported to have been caught up in the disaster.