In the wake of the devastating Storm Daniel wreaking havoc across Derna, Sousse, and Shahat in Libya, a remarkable international response has been set into motion.
Over 38 relief aircraft from 16 different countries, alongside five ships, have arrived in the country, bearing hope and assistance for the affected communities.
A press conference, organized by the Libyan Government Emergency and Rapid Response Team and monitored by JoyNews’ Mahmud Mohammed-Nurudeen, unveiled the scope of international support pouring into Libya.
Among the notable arrivals is a helicopter-equipped ship dispatched from Italy, set to reach Libyan shores. Additionally, a Turkish vessel is anticipated to dock at the port of Tobruk today, Saturday.
Amid the influx of aid, the Ministry of Health remains resolute in its commitment to providing crucial medical assistance. By the close of yesterday evening, a total of 250 medical personnel and auxiliary staff had been airlifted to the affected areas, bolstering the healthcare response with a workforce of approximately 400 dedicated individuals.
The Ministry of Health has dispatched 60 refrigerators with the capacity to preserve up to 380 bodies and 30 isolation rooms. The eastern region’s kidney dialysis centers, with the exception of the Sousse unit, have been fully activated, ensuring continuous medical care for those in need.
In response to the crisis, two field hospitals have been established to breathe life back into the suspended facilities of Al-Maghili Al-‘Am and Al-Bayadha Al-Qarawi. The Emergency and Support Medical Center has been tirelessly providing ambulance services, transferring 12 cases to the Unity Hospital in Derna and offering assistance to 46 cases at the University Hospital, the press said.
Fathi Al-Zeni, Minister of Youth, underscored the unwavering dedication to critical case management. He said yesterday alone, 22 critical cases received life-saving treatment within the country while they continue to provide support to affected people. Meanwhile, the National Center for Disease Control identified 55 cases of water contamination, particularly affecting children.
He added, the Military Medical Corps continues to dispatch health relief convoys, with a fresh shipment of medical supplies on its way today. The Ministry of Health has also assessed the damage to equipment and medical supplies in the affected areas, with an estimated value reaching about 100 million Libyan dinars.
Turning to infrastructure, he said, the General Services Companies of Tripoli and Misrata have been toiling tirelessly to clear pathways, remove debris, and facilitate the entry of relief convoys and rescue teams, particularly in the hardest-hit regions including restoring the Sahaba Mosque.
The Roads and Bridges Authority has remained steadfast in its mission to open alternative routes and clear debris, easing the way for relief operations and the evacuation of residents from the affected zones, as confirmed by the response team.
Moreover, Fathi indicated the Executive Committee for Housing and Utilities Projects, revealed the initial survey results, indicating that around 5,000 homes in the Green Mountain area have been damaged.
Amid these challenging circumstances, the General Water and Sewage Company has embarked on the repair of the water supply line for the city of Sousse, while the restored electricity supply by the General Electricity Company has successfully reinstated the new communication network in the area between Derna and Sousse.
As Libya unites to recover from the aftermath of Storm Daniel, the spirit of resilience and international solidarity shines brightly, bringing hope to those in need and illustrating the strength of unity in the face of adversity.
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