UNFPA calls for meeting basic needs of Ghat residents

Berangere Boell-Yousfi, UNFPA Representative in Libya, called Wednesday on the Government of National Accord (GNA) to meet the basic needs of flood-affected residents of Ghat.

In a meeting with Yousef Jalaleh, GNA Minister of State for Migrants and Displaced Affairs, Yousfi highlighted the challenges of refugees in shelters where they suffer the lack of the basic needs, and the fund’s role in tackling them.

Ghat, southwestern Libya, has been hit by the wave of heavy rainfall and thunderstorm since May 28. The floods have led to several deaths and affected 20,000 people, the U.N. Tripoli Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.

The rainfall and storms intensified on June 2, severely affecting the municipality of Ghat and some surrounding regions.

The report added that the rainfall and thunderstorms are expected to continue but decrease in intensity in the coming days. The water levels have not receded and vary between 0.5 to 2 meters depending on the area.

Hence, Libyan Ambulance and Emergency Service raised their preparedness in the southern region, especially Ghat, alongside the medical aid provided by Libya’s Field Medicine and Support Center (FMSC).

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