Canada announces $5 million for Libya flood victims as death toll mounts

OTTAWA — Canada is announcing $5 million in aid for groups helping people in Libya who have been displaced by disastrous flooding.

International Development Minister Ahmed Hussen said the money will help provide emergency health care, water and shelter to northeast Libya through groups like United Nations agencies and the Red Crescent.

The flooding started last Sunday, when storm Daniel caused dams to burst.

Some 10,000 people are missing and presumed dead in a disaster that has already claimed more than 11,000 lives.

Libyan authorities warned Friday that waterborne disease and explosive ordnance that shifted during the flood could claim even more lives.

The country's two opposing governments, who have been divided for years by civil strife and war, have struggled to respond.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 15, 2023.

— With files from The Associated Press

The Canadian Press