Egypt grants EGP 100,000 compensation to families of Egyptian victims of Libya Cyclone

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 Sep 2023

Egypt's Ministry of Social Solidarity announced providing urgent financial support of EGP 100,000 (approx. $3,000) to each family of Egyptian victims who lost their lives in Libya due to the devastating cyclone that hit the eastern part of the neighbouring country.

an aerial view of a extensive damage in the wake of floods after the Mediterranean storm Daniel hit Libya s eastern city of Derna. AFP


Additionally, Egyptian citizens injured during the storm will receive compensation of EGP 25,000 (about $750),  Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine El-Qabbaj said in a statement on Wednesday.

Furthermore, the ministry exempted school and university students who lost their parents in the catastrophe from paying tuition for the 2023-24 academic year. Instead, they shall receive monthly food assistance until their economic and social conditions stabilize, El-Qabbaj noted.

The ministry will also provide monthly food assistance to the victims' families until they achieve financial and social stability, according to El-Qabbaj.   

Egypt has not announced the exact number of Egyptians who died in Libya due to the cyclone.

​However, Libyan officials in the city of Tobruk said earlier today that the remains of 145 Egyptian nationals have been repatriated to Egypt.

These represent the initial group of deceased Egyptians officially repatriated from Libya.

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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