The Algerian authorities on Tuesday expressed readiness to operate an air bridge carrying relief and aid to Libya following the deadly flooding caused by Storm Daniel east of the country.

The death toll from the hard-stricken city of Derna has surpassed 5,200, while thousands of others remain unaccounted for, according to the Ambulance and Emergency Service update on Tuesday. 

Eight Algerian military aircraft will deliver the aid aimed at helping the Libyan authorities confront the repercussions of the Mediterranean storm, which struck key cities like Benghazi, Al Bayda, Al-Marj, Soussa, and Derna.

The Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said they received a request for assistance from Libya's Presidential Council Head, Mohammed Menfi, noting that the aid consists of food, medical supplies, clothing, and tents.

The ministry said that Algeria's initiative comes within the commitment of the country's leadership and people to unconditional and unlimited solidarity with the Libyan people.

Storm Daniel first brought devastating floods to central Greece before moving south towards Libya, where it first made landfall in Benghazi on Sunday afternoon (local time).