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Libya floods: EU mobilizes emergency assistance via its Civil Protection Mechanism

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Following the 12 September request for international assistance by the Permanent Mission of the State of Libya to the United Nations office in Geneva, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated to support Libya in the aftermath of the major flood that has left thousands of casualties.

Immediately, EU member states – so far Germany, Romania, Finland - have offered substantial assistance in the form of shelter items such as tents, field beds and blankets, 80 generators, food items, as well as hospital tents and water tanks via the Mechanism. The EU's Emergency Response Coordination Centre stands ready to coordinate further offers of assistance.

Furthermore, the EU has released an initial €500,000 in humanitarian funding to tackle the most urgent needs of people in Libya affected by the impact of Storm Daniel. Funding will be channelled through partners operating on the ground to deliver lifesaving health and water and sanitation supplies for the flood response in eastern Libya.

Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarčič (pictured) said: “The rapid onset of floods in Libya already claimed thousands of lives. In this challenging time, prompt and organised response is crucial. To help support emergency operations on the ground, the EU is coordinating incoming offers of aid to be channelled through its Civil Protection Mechanism. I thank EU member states who already offered shelter items, generators, food items and other vital support. The EU has also released €500,000 in humanitarian aid. The EU remains ready to scale up the response for the most affected people in Libya going through this difficult time.”

The press release is available online.

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