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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Libya - Pakistan

03 aoû 2020

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Staff from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) provide assistance to migrants who have been returned to Libyan shores. Credit: IOM

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: 3 August 2020

Libya: Humanitarian update

The UN remains concerned about a possible humanitarian disaster should the current escalation and mobilization around Sirte lead to military operations. The lives of more than 125,000 people in and around Sirte are at great risk.

COVID-19 cases continue to increase across Libya, with 3,837 cases reported and 83 deaths to date. Most of the cases are in the western and southern parts of the country.

Capacity for testing, tracing and treating people remains extremely low across the country and continues to be concentrated in Tripoli and Benghazi.

In response to the severe shortages of swabs for testing in the south, health authorities in Tripoli have dispatched a shipment of 20,000 swabs to Sebha.

Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers continue to attempt to cross the Mediterranean, at great risk to their lives. This year, more than 6,700 migrants and refugees were intercepted at sea and returned to Libya, including women and children.

Fuel shortages and electricity cuts of more than 18 hours a day are exacerbating poor living conditions for many across the country. Health facilities have also suffered from electricity cuts, forcing some to temporarily suspend operations.

The UN and humanitarian partners are at the forefront supporting the national authorities with its COVID-19 response, particularly in the provision of health supplies and personal protective equipment.

The UN and other humanitarian organizations have reached more than 243,000 people with humanitarian assistance since the beginning of the year across Libya, including 66,000 internally displaced people and 58,000 migrants and refugees.

 

Pakistan: COVID-19 response

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan has risen to more than 277,400 cases and 5,924 deaths. The most affected provinces are Sindh and Punjab, with 43 per cent and 33 per cent of the cases, respectively.

The UN and humanitarian partners are supporting the Government-led response efforts. US$3.4 million in cash assistance was distributed to drought-affected populations in Balochistan and Sindh provinces for recovery and asset creation activities; and for three rounds of food assistance to 12,000 snow emergency-affected households in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. 

In addition, preparations are being finalized to provide emergency food assistance to more than 120,000 people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan to help them cope with the economic fallout of COVID-19.

The Government of Pakistan and the UN have provided emergency cash assistance for 35,000 refugee families so far of the 70,000 most vulnerable households to be targeted.

Some 2.7 million people were reached with water, sanitation and hygiene services, while more than 13.5 million people have been supported with hygiene promotion services, including COVID-19 prevention and control information.

The Pakistan Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19 seeks $146 million and is 25 per cent funded.