Libyan authorities are calling for more international humanitarian aid after the deadly floods, and NGOs are warning of a growing risk of infectious diseases. Meanwhile, the hope of finding survivors among the missing is dwindling.
“The humanitarian crisis in Libya it is downright disastrous,” it is announced the spokesperson of the international committee Red Cross in Libya Bashir Closet and added that the needs of operating organizations and state institutions in the crisis area are greater than their capabilities, therefore it is international aid is even more necessary, reports the French news agency AFP.
On top of everything else, people in the affected areas fear a possible outbreak of cholera. Ministry of Health it is message that the deadly bacteria could spread rapidly due to contaminated groundwater, as it is in contact with dead human bodies, decaying animals, garbage and chemicals.
“We urge people not to approach water sources in the vicinity of Derna,” it is message from the Libyan Ministry of Health. Humanitarian organizations such as Doctors Without Borders also warn about the danger of infectious diseases. In addition, they pointed to problems with the most urgent health and food care, reports the German news agency DPA.
Almost 40,000 people without a home
International Organization for Migration (IOM) states that it is without homes the rest almost 40,000 people, of which as many as 30,000 in the city of Derna. The floods are said to have affected more than a million people in total.
The media cites various figures on the death toll from the devastating floods. According to AFP, citing today’s message from the Libyan Ministry of Health, it is more than 3,000 people died, with the BBC reporting more than 11,000 deaths.
Mayor of Derna it is on Wednesday evening for the Saudi Al Arabiya television, he said that based on the destroyed neighborhoods, they expect many deaths, from 18,000 to 20,000.