King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have directed the Saudi aid agency KSrelief to provide food and shelter assistance to the victims of the flooding.
Shipments of international aid began to arrive in Libya on Saturday, offering a glimmer of hope to thousands of people affected by the devastating flash floods. Despite the diminishing chances of finding more survivors, the aid serves as a lifeline for those grappling with the aftermath of the catastrophe.
In line with the humanitarian efforts, the first Saudi aid plane departed from King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh to Benina International Airport in Benghazi. According to the Saudi Press Agency, the aircraft is carrying 90 tons of food and relief materials specifically intended for distribution to the flood-affected population in Libya.
The flash floods, triggered by intense rainfall and the rupture of two upstream dams, submerged the port city of Derna, sweeping away homes and thousands of people into the sea. The situation remains dire, with rescue teams still actively searching for survivors and working tirelessly to remove bodies from the debris in severely affected areas.
King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have directed the Saudi aid agency KSrelief to provide food and shelter assistance to the victims of the flooding. The dispatch of the aid plane is a testament to the Saudi leaders’ commitment to extending support during times of crisis and adversity.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, the Supervisor General of KSrelief, emphasized that these efforts align with the Kingdom’s humanitarian role in supporting countries facing hardships and calamities. A specialized team from KSrelief will oversee the delivery of aid in collaboration with the Libyan Red Crescent, ensuring that assistance reaches those in need promptly.
The United Nations has launched an appeal for over $71 million to aid hundreds of thousands of people affected by the floods. The funds will be utilized to provide essential relief, including food, shelter, and medical assistance.
Tawfik Shoukri, spokesperson for the Libyan Red Crescent, highlighted the ongoing efforts to locate survivors and recover bodies in the heavily impacted areas of Derna. Simultaneously, teams are striving to deliver crucial aid to families residing in the eastern part of the city, which, although relatively less affected by the flooding, has faced isolation due to road closures.
The International Organization for Migration reports that over 38,640 people have been displaced in eastern Libya, with 30,000 individuals seeking refuge in Derna alone.
As international aid pours into Libya, it represents a collective effort to alleviate the suffering of those affected by the devastating floods. The support extended by Saudi Arabia underscores the importance of solidarity and cooperation in times of crisis, as nations work together to rebuild and restore hope for the affected communities.
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