The UN envoy to Libya Abdoulaye Bathily hailed the solidarity of local institutions from all regions to help confront the effects of Storm Daniel, saying that it was a moment in which everyone united to feel the pain of others, but also a moment in which everyone would heal their wounds together.
Bathily's remarks came as a message of condolence, sympathy and support to the Libyan people following the massive disaster caused by Storm Daniel in the east of the country.
"I feel deeply saddened by the disastrous effects of Storm Daniel on eastern Libya, and I offer my deepest condolences to the families of hundreds of innocent people who lost their lives, and thousands of wounded and missing, with sincere wishes for a speedy recovery for all those injured.” He said, praising "the heroic efforts that have been made and are being made by the rescue teams from all members of the society, including military personnel, security personnel, and officials at the national and municipal levels."
He said they saw from watching the videos and photos the exemplary sacrifices made by hundreds of individuals trying to help, and that he was not at all surprised to see how Libyan local and national institutions, local communities and individuals from all over the country came to help their brothers and sisters in the areas that were severely affected.
The UN envoy indicated that the residents of eastern Libya were in dire need of all kinds of assistance, including food, water, shelter and medical care, and would also need assistance to rebuild their homes and restore their livelihoods.
He praised the countries that provided support to Libya, pointing out that the situation was catastrophic, saying the needs were enormous, calling at the same time on the international community to join hands and support the Libyan authorities to help those affected in eastern Libya.