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Libya Parliament allocates $2bn in response to deadly floods

September 14, 2023 at 5:15 pm

A damaged vehicle is stuck debris after the floods caused by the Storm Daniel ravaged disaster zones in Derna, Libya on September 12, 2023 [Abdullah Mohammed Bonja – Anadolu Agency]

The Libyan House of Representatives approved an emergency budget, Thursday, of 10 billion Libyan dinars ($2 billion) to mitigate the destruction caused by Storm Daniel, Anadolu Agency reports.

The motion was approved in an emergency session in Benghazi, lawmaker Mohamed Tamer told Anadolu.

The budget will be allocated for reconstructing the affected areas, as well as paying compensation to those affected by the hurricane

he said.

Tamer said committees were formed in the session to monitor spending and stressed that disbursement would be made in agreement with the Central Bank of Libya.

At least 6,000 people have been killed and thousands remain missing from weekend floods in eastern Libya, according to officials.

Torrential rains swept through several regions, most notably the cities of Derna, Benghazi, Al-Bayda, Al-Marj and Soussa.

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