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Libya Parliament passes law for rebuilding flood-hit areas

October 3, 2023 at 8:49 pm

A general view of damaged residential buildings after the Storm Daniel ravaged the region in Derna, Libya on 18 September 2023 [Aydoğan Kalabalık – Anadolu Agency]

Libya’s Parliament, on Tuesday, passed a law to establish an agency responsible for rebuilding flood-hit areas in the country, Anadolu Agency reports.

Eastern Libya was ravaged by deadly floods caused by Mediterranean Storm Daniel on 10 September, killing more than 4,000 people and leaving behind a massive trail of destruction.

Derna was hardest hit by the floods, causing the city’s dams to burst, washing away homes and people.

The House of Representatives voted to pass a law to establish an agency for reconstructing areas affected by the floods

Parliamentary spokesman, Abdullah Belhaq, said in a statement.

This came during a session held by the assembly in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday.

The eastern government has called for holding a donor conference in October for rebuilding the flood-hit areas in Libya, before postponing the conference to November.

On Monday, United Nations envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, voiced concern over the emergence of unilateral initiatives for the reconstruction of flood-affected areas in Libya.

Libya has been mired by political divisions since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The situation worsened last year when the East Libya-based Parliament appointed a new government led by former Interior Minister, Fathi Bashagha.

Head of Tripoli-based government, Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, however, rejected the decision, saying he would cede power only to a government that comes through an “elected parliament”.

Last month, Libyans took to the streets in Derna to demand the rebuilding of their homes and bringing those responsible for the flood disaster to accountability.

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