Humanitarian assistance to Libya floods

  • Joint media release with:
  • Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • The Hon Tim Watts MP, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs


The Australian Government will provide $1 million for urgent life-saving humanitarian assistance to affected communities, following the devastating floods in Libya. This will be delivered through the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

We extend our sympathies to the loved ones of those who have lost their lives, and to the Libyan people. Our thoughts are also with the Libyan community in Australia at this difficult time.

The flooding resulting from Storm Daniel has caused destruction of critical infrastructure, and much of the area that is impacted in the north east of the country remains difficult to access.

It has caused extensive damage to critical infrastructure, buildings, electricity and water supply, telecommunications and farmland.

The $1 million humanitarian assistance announced today will be used to provide food, water, blankets and medical supplies to those who are most vulnerable.

In addition to today's announcement, Australia is a longstanding donor to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund, and the UN has announced US$10 million from the Fund to support the humanitarian response.

Quote attributable to Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong:

“The intensity of these floods has shocked the international community. This humanitarian assistance will provide life-saving assistance to those most in need.”

“We send our deep sympathy and condolences to the loved ones of those who have lost their lives, the Libyan people, and the Libyan community in Australia.”

Quote attributable to Minister for International Development and The Pacific, the Hon Pat Conroy MP:

“We are working closely with our international partners to support Libya in the most effective way as the full impact of this disaster emerges.”

“Strong bonds with our international partners underpin our emergency response efforts and are vital to delivering this life-saving humanitarian assistance.”

Quote attributable to Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Tim Watts MP:

“Australia stands by the people of Libya as it addresses the enormity of the aftermath of this disaster.”

“The areas affected by the flooding are extremely remote and we are relying on our local partners to help us deliver support to those most in need.”

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