Published: June 13, 2019
The UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, leading a delegation of various UN agencies, visited Thursday the southern Libya city of Ghat - which was hit by devastating floods, leaving thousands of people homeless - to assess the humanitarian needs of the local society.
Salame told reporters that the Libyans who are fighting in Tripoli should be looking to the needs of southern region's residents "who are keen on keeping Libya united."
He explained that the people of the southern region in Libya are peace-oriented and care a lot about the building of an institutional state, saying their marginalization is not helpful.
Salame disused with local officials the humanitarian assistance's efforts already carried out by the UN agencies, funds and programs in Libya to assist the people of Ghat, UNSMIL said in a statement
The UN envoy stressed the need to "harmonize the UN humanitarian assistance efforts - in health, food, water, environmental sanitation and other sectors - with efforts of local authorities to help Ghat's affected people overcome the devastating impact of the current crisis and focus on continued support."
The UN delegation, which included representatives of WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, IOM, UNHCR and OCHA, was on the dire situation in the city by a group of dignitaries and representatives of Ghat, expelling the humanitarian crisis caused by floods.
They were also briefed, according to the UNSMIL, on concerns and urgent needs of the city's residents, especially those affected by the floods.