By Nifemi Oriola
More than 71 million dollars is needed to assist those in need after deadly flash floods swept Libya over the weekend.
Hurricane-strength Storm Daniel slammed into Libya on September 10, killing at least 4,000 people, with thousands more still missing.
The United Nations Humanitarian Agency (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) in an appeal on Thursday said it expects the toll to rise.
OCHA, calling the situation “catastrophic”, added that its humanitarian partners need $71.4 million to respond to the “most urgent needs of 250,000 people targeted out of the 884,000 people estimated to be in need”.
On the other hand, UN OCHA head, Martin Griffiths had announced an immediate emergency fund of $10 million on Thursday.
Meanwhile, pledged aid has been sent for by the United States, European Union, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and several other countries with foreign rescue teams deployed to search for survivors and recover bodies.