The Libyan House of Representatives (HoR) has declared Zliten city a disaster area due to the current high levels of groundwater and the impact on the houses of the city’s residents.

The HoR called in a session on Monday on its designated government to allocate a budget for tackling the crisis and form an emergency-response committee to be responsible for the ongoing measures in Zliten.

It also said that there should be a rebuilding fund allocated for Zliten city as some houses were damaged by the rising groundwater, adding that they should also endorse an authority for emergencies to be tasked with responding to crises in Libya.

The HoR reiterated the need to evacuate Zliten from all residents due to the amount of rising groundwater, and it rejected waiting for the appointed teams’ final assessment reports that extend for two months, calling on the HoR members representing Zliten to give a detailed report on the situation.

An English team arrived in Zliten last Friday and began assessing the situation there to find out the reasons for the rise in groundwater levels in the city, which prompted a number of residents to leave their homes.