Jordanian Charitable Organization Launches Humanitarian Mission to Aid Flood-Damaged Libya
Relief Efforts in Full Swing
The Jordanian Hashemite Charitable Organization (JHCO) has launched a third humanitarian relief mission to Libya, following the catastrophic impact of Flood Daniel. In collaboration with the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs and the Jordanian Armed Forces/Air Force, the JHCO dispatched an aid plane loaded with emergency relief supplies. These supplies included medical materials, tents, sleeping bags, food supplies, medical evacuation bags, and heaters.
The humanitarian aid aims to reach all areas affected by the hurricane and flood-stricken regions in Libya. The distribution will target the eligible affected families. This action by Jordan comes as part of a broader international response to the disaster, with countries like Qatar and the UAE also providing substantial humanitarian aid to the storm-hit areas in Libya.
Accountability Amidst Tragedy
In the aftermath of the disaster, the Public Prosecutor ordered pretrial detention of 16 officials allegedly involved in the Derna dams disaster. This move signals the beginning of a search for accountability in the face of this catastrophic event. The head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) urged divided Libyan political entities to unify following the Derna disaster, mirroring the solidarity shown by their citizens.
Libya’s eastern government has called for an international reconstruction conference for areas affected by Flood Daniel. The Minister of Local Government met with German and Italian ambassadors to discuss aid and reconstruction, demonstrating a proactive approach towards rebuilding the affected regions.
International Attention and Calls for Investigation
The United Nations Secretary General has called for an investigation into the collapse of the Derna dams. This attention from international bodies emphasizes the global significance of the disaster and the need for thorough scrutiny of the circumstances that led to it. Meanwhile, residents of Derna are demanding accountability, calling for the Derna Mayor to be held accountable and for the dismissal of parliament.
The United Nations has launched a US$ 71 million appeal for flood relief in Libya. This initiative emphasizes the scale of the disaster and the immense resources required for recovery. The World Health Organization and Red Cross have joined the global response, advising against mass burials due to the disaster.
Devastation by the Numbers
Recent reports from the United Nations reveal the extensive damage caused by Storm Daniel in Derna. The storm has resulted in more than 5,300 reported deaths and 10,000 missing individuals. These alarming figures underline the severity of the disaster and the urgent need for international aid and support.
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