Libya: Humanitarian agencies to prepare for possible deterioration of the situation in the east

8 March, 2011
IFRC and other partners serve food to thousands of people each day at a transit camp near the Tunisia-Libya border. Credit: OCHA/David Ohana
IFRC and other partners serve food to thousands of people each day at a transit camp near the Tunisia-Libya border. Credit: OCHA/David Ohana

The United Nations, partner agencies and the International Organization for Migration have prepared the Regional Flash Appeal for the Libyan Crisis. The $160 million plan spells out the funding required for the next three months to meet the current and projected needs of people who have fled, and for other affected people in Libya. The Emergency Relief Coordinator launched the appeal on 7 March in Geneva.

The appeal is based on a planning scenario projecting up to 400,000 people leaving Libya - including the 200,000 who have left to date - and another 600,000 people inside Libya expected to need varying degrees of humanitarian aid.

As of 7 March, 218,010 people had left Libya. They include 112,169 to Tunisia, 98,188 to Egypt, 2,205 to Niger and 5,448 to Algeria.

The United Nations joint assessment mission returned to Cairo from eastern Libya on 6 March. Preliminary reports indicate that the humanitarian crisis is not severe in the parts of eastern Libya they visited. However, humanitarian agencies need to be prepared if the situation deteriorates, or if the state of unrest continues for a longer period of time.

Nurses are urgently needed, including specialized nurses to care for the disabled, as many nurses in eastern Libya were foreigners and have left the country. Residents have reportedly been fleeing the oil port town of Ras Lanuf, 50km west of Benghazi, due to fighting in the area.

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