Just over two weeks have passed since the deadly floods in eastern Libya occurred. At present, the official death toll stands at approximately 4,000.
In addition, over 40,000 Libyans have been displaced from their homes in Derna and other affected areas in the region. As national and international aid workers address the situation’s needs, humanitarian challenges in the aftermath are becoming clear.
Health and sanitation are now a foremost priority, as many bodies of the deceased still need to be recovered and buried. There are also concerns about compromised water and sanitation systems, with some survivors in Derna reporting illnesses relating to contaminated water.
Alongside this, the mental health impact of the disaster has been significant, with many survivors suffering anxiety, depression and more.
The aid provided by Libyans and the international community is therefore much needed, and news of new or extended relief packages is greatly welcomed. The UK, for example, has increased its relief package from GBP 1 million to GBP 10 million. In addition, the Netherlands, Norway and Belgium have also pledged relief packages.
Every contribution will have an impact. Should you wish to give to the relief effort, you can find a list of organisations and dedicated campaigns in our previous post here.