Eastern Libyan Authorities Plan International Conference for Derna Reconstruction, Partnering with China for Rapid Rebuilding
Efforts to Rebuild Derna
In the aftermath of a devastating flash flood that destroyed a considerable portion of Derna, authorities in Eastern Libya are mobilizing to reconstruct the city. The flood caused widespread destruction, wiping out over 20% of the city and resulting in over 3,800 deaths. The authorities have announced plans for an international conference to be held in Derna on October 10th, aimed at bolstering reconstruction efforts. However, international participation could prove challenging, given that the eastern authorities are not recognized by the United Nations.
China’s Role in Reconstruction
Ali Sidi, the infrastructure minister in the eastern government, has revealed that China will spearhead the reconstruction work. China’s involvement comes as part of its commitment to a $30 billion project in Libya to build metros through the BFA consortium. The collaboration with China is seen as a strategic move given the country’s proven capacity for rapid infrastructure development.
Assessing the Damage
As the city grapples with the aftermath of the catastrophe, efforts are ongoing to determine the full extent of the damage. Officials and community members are working to compile a list of unrecorded burials and missing individuals, who could number over 10,000. According to the International Organization for Migration, the floods resulted in the displacement of more than 43,000 people from Derna and other parts of eastern Libya.
The Road to Recovery
While the recovery process has already begun, the journey to full recovery is expected to be lengthy and fraught with challenges. The destruction is extensive, and the rebuilding process will require substantial resources and international assistance. However, the authorities are determined to restore Derna to its former state, and with the aid of international partners such as China, they hope to rebuild a city that is even stronger and more resilient than before.
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