INTERNATIONAL development charity Christian Aid has launched an emergency appeal to help people impacted by the devastating flooding that struck Libya in recent days.

At least 8,000 people have died and thousands are still missing after a catastrophic storm burst two dams and flooded the eastern port city of Derna. Other cities affected include Benghazi, Cyrene, Al-Bayda and Al-Marji.

Christian Aid is working with the Danish humanitarian organisation Dan Church Aid (DCA), their Act Alliance partner which has had an established presence in Libya since 2011. They are providing medical support to rescue teams in Derna and helping establish shelters to host homeless families in Benghazi.

DCA is also distributing basic items such as blankets and bedding, sanitation and hygiene items such as liquid soap, shampoo, and sanitary towels for people who have lost everything. When circumstances allow, DCA will also provide cash support.

Michael Mosselmans, Christian Aid’s Head of Humanitarian Division, said: “The scenes in Libya are heartbreaking. With critical infrastructure, including hospitals and homes, washed away by the flooding, we are seeing people without the basics such as access to clean water and proper sanitation to prevent the risk of diseases.

“Christian Aid has therefore launched an appeal to strengthen the support we can give through our partner, Dan Church Aid, to people who have lost their homes, livelihoods and loved ones. Every prayer, every gift, every action brings hope to people hit by disaster. By joining us, you can help people in need rebuild their lives.”

A donation of £25 will pay for a humanitarian response kit which includes both cash and non-food items such as blankets and bedding, and sanitation and hygiene items including liquid soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sanitary towels, baby wipes, nappies, and bottled water.

* The appeal page is here.

* Source: Christian Aid