The head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Abdullah Batili, said yesterday, Saturday, that the devastation he saw in the city of Derna in the east of the country, following the floods that swept it, was “heartbreaking.”
This came in a tweet posted by Batelli on his personal account on the “X” platform, after his visit to the city of Derna, which was ravaged by torrents and floods, leaving thousands dead and missing.
Batelli said: “I left Derna with a sad heart after witnessing the devastation caused by the floods to lives and private and public property,” adding that they were “heartbreaking scenes given the scale of the disaster that I witnessed up close,” considering that “the crisis exceeds Libya’s ability to manage it.”
Patelli added, “The United Nations is cooperating effectively with local authorities and relief agencies on the ground to provide the necessary assistance to those in need,” adding that “the United Nations team is also conducting further assessment of the situation to enhance coordination of response efforts in Derna and other affected areas.”
It is noteworthy that the United Nations had launched an urgent appeal for relief to the affected areas in Libya as a result of the devastating hurricane and the destruction of lives and property it caused.
On September 10, a violent hurricane swept several areas in eastern Libya, most notably the cities of Derna, Benghazi, Al-Bayda, Al-Marj, and Sousse, leaving more than 6,000 dead and thousands missing, according to what was announced by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health in the National Unity Government, Saad al-Din Abdel-Wakil, on the 13th of the same month. .