World expresses solidarity with Libya over ‘catastrophic’ floods caused by Storm Daniel

Ahram Online , AFP , Tuesday 12 Sep 2023

World leaders and diplomats expressed on Monday condolences for and support to Libya after Storm Daniel brought torrential rain and devastating floods to the coastal city of Derna and surrounding areas in the country's northeast on Sunday.

This handout picture provided by the office of Libya s Benghazi-based interim prime minister on September 11, 2023 shows a view of destroyed vehicles and damaged buildings in the eastern city of Derna, about 290 kilometres east of Benghazi, in the wake of the Mediterranean storm Daniel . AFP


The United Nations mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said on X, formerly Twitter, that it was "closely following the emergency caused by severe weather conditions in the eastern region of the country."

It expressed its condolences over the deaths and said it was "ready to support efforts by local authorities and municipalities to respond to this emergency and provide urgent humanitarian assistance."

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates, said that his country would send humanitarian assistance and search-and-rescue teams, UAE news agency WAM reported.

Turkey, which supports the country's Tripoli-based government in the west, also expressed condolences, along with neighboring Algeria.

The US also expressed its condolences.

"Our hearts go out to those affected by devastating floods in eastern cities of Libya including Derna, Bayda, and Shahat, especially those who have lost loved ones.  We are closely monitoring the situation and are aware of reports that Libyan authorities from all sides are working together on an emergency response," the US embassy in Libya posted on X.

The EU delegation to Libya extended its condolences to the families of the victims, adding "the EU is ready to support efforts to respond to this emergency." 

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi expressed his sincere condolences to Libya for the victims of Storm Daniel, which hit the country on Sunday.

“I wish a speedy recovery for the injured, and I hope that the crisis will pass quickly with Libyans standing together in unity,” the Egyptian president said in his short statement.

The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also issued a statement expressing Egypt’s sincere condolences to Libya for the victims of Storm Daniel.

It also expressed Egypt's solidarity with the people of Libya and its readiness to provide all sorts of help and assistance.

Writing on X, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed "solidarity with the Libyan people who are suffering terrible floods. France offers its condolences to the victims' families and is mobilizing resources to provide emergency aid."

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanani expressed his condolences to Libya for the large number of deaths.

The death toll from the disaster has risen to 2,800, according to the Libyan Red Crescent.

However, between 5,000 and 6,000 people are still missing, according to Ahmed Al-Mosmari, a spokesman for the country's armed forces based in the east.

Al-Mosmari attributed the catastrophe to the collapse of two dams near Derna, causing a lethal flash flood.

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