The United Nations (UN) launched a donation campaign: “Response to Libya Floods,” to raise $10 million to allocate the money to help those affected by the floods in the country, citing the fact that Storm Daniel had caused widespread damage in northeastern Libya, destroying thousands of homes and claiming thousands of lives, adding that at least 10,000 people are still missing.
It said the donations should be directed to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which had immediately allocated $10 million for urgent, life-saving assistance to affected communities in Libya to allow responders to provide assistance whenever and wherever crises strike, as contributions from around the world would pooled into one fund and allocated at the most critical stages of emergencies.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Martin Griffiths, said on Wednesday on X platform that Storm Daniel claimed the lives of thousands of people, left widespread destruction, and eliminated livelihoods in eastern Libya, adding that he would allocate $10 million from the CERF to quickly support those affected by the floods.
In a statement released by his Spokesperson, UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his heartfelt condolences to the Libyan authorities and the families of those who perished, saying: "At this time, our thoughts are with the thousands of people being affected there in their communities, we stand in solidarity with all people in Libya during this difficult time".
Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, briefing reporters in New York, added that Guterres said the UN team on the ground was responding at the site. Furthermore: "We are mobilizing resources and emergency teams to support those affected people and are working with local, national, and international partners to get urgently needed humanitarian assistance to people in the affected areas.”