84 Egyptians identified among victims of Libya cyclone: Foreign ministry

Ahram Online , Wednesday 13 Sep 2023

As many as 84 citizens were identified among the victims of the Libya cyclone, Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday, adding that work is still underway to enumerate the exact numbers of the Egyptian victims.

Picture released by the Libyan Red Crescent showimg members of their team working on opening roads engulfed in floods in eastern Libya. AFP


The identified victims were airlifted to Egypt, added the ministry's statement.

The ministry also said it is following up on the rescue efforts with the Libyan authorities – including Derna's health and security authorities and the Libyan Red Crescent – to cooperate in rescuing the survivors and providing shelter for them.

The foreign ministry's announcement comes hours after Libyan officials in the city of Tobruk announced that the bodies of 145 Egyptians who died due to the impact of Storm Daniel have been brought back to Egypt.

The ministry said Egyptians residing in Libya and their families can contact the Egyptian Consulate in Benghazi at 00218916816025. The families can also contact the foreign ministry at 01283176894 for any inquiries.

Earlier today, Egypt's Ministry of Social Solidarity announced providing urgent financial support of EGP 100,000 (approx. $3,000) to each family of Egyptian victims in Libya.

Egyptians injured during the storm will receive EGP 25,000 (around $750).

The death toll in Libya could exceed 5,000 after Storm Daniel brought devastating floods to the country's east on Sunday.

Egypt has taken urgent measures to aid Libya, including establishing camps within the Western Military Zone to shelter Libyan victims who lost their homes due to the cyclone.

An Egyptian Mistral aircraft carrier will be dispatched to the Libyan coast to serve as a field hospital for the victims, following President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's directive.

Egypt has dispatched three military planes to Libya carrying humanitarian aid, including medications and medical supplies. Additionally, Egypt has allocated EGP 10 million (approximately $300,000) to support Libya in the aftermath of the cyclone.


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