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Ghat braces for strong floods

The Libyan Ambulance and Emergency Service raised their preparedness in the southern region, especially Ghat, which has been hit by strong floods since Tuesday due to heavy rains, Osama Ali, spokesman for a Tripoli emergency body, said Wednesday.

Ali added that another flood coming from Algeria towards Ghat, Tahala and Barkat is expected soon.

Ambulances have been deployed across Ghat to contain the crisis and provide relief to flood-affected people.

On Tuesday, Ghat Municipal Council called on all local and international humanitarian organizations to provide urgent aid to the people of the city, as the floods nearly covered 70 percent of the streets. Some 518 families were reported to be displaced from the city and more families are expected to follow, according to the officials statements.

A shipment of medical aid provided by Libya’s Field Medicine and Support Center (FMSC) was seen arriving at Ghat Wednesday.

Later on Wednesday, Ghat Municipal Council announced forming an emergency committee to follow up with the escalating situation, as the Presidential Council (PC) announced allocating 10 million Libyan dinars for the crisis.
Amid the rapid escalations, Ghat’s officials have been warning of a ”humanitarian disaster” in the city.

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