WHO releasing $2 million from emergency fund for Libya flood victims

AFPTV/ AFP

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is releasing $2 million from its emergency fund to support the victims of floods in eastern Libya, its director general said on Thursday.

"Even while the death toll is increasing, the health needs of the survivors are becoming more urgent," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

Tedros, who described the floods as a "calamity of epic proportions", said WHO was deploying contingency supplies which were already in Libya, as well as sending trauma, surgical and emergency supplies from its logistics hub in Dubai.

Rescue work has been hindered by the political fractures in the country of 7 million people, which has been war on-and-off and lacked a government with nationwide reach since a NATO-backed uprising toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

An internationally recognised Government of National Unity (GNU) is based in Tripoli, in the west. A parallel administration operates in the east, under control of the Libyan National Army of Khalifa Haftar.

More from International news

News

  • UAE President marks the success of Hajj season

    UAE President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a congratulatory message to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, on the occasion of the success of the Hajj season.

  • UAE allocates 70% of pledge to humanitarian crisis

    The UAE allocates 70% of its $100 million pledge to Sudan and neighbouring countries in efforts to alleviate the humanitarian crisis.

  • UAE sets example for tolerance: Zaki Nusseibeh

    Zaki Nusseibeh, Cultural Adviser to the UAE President and Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University said the UAE sets an example as a model for tolerance and peaceful coexistence made the comments on the occasion of the UN International Day for Countering Hate Speech.