UN calls for $160 mn to help Libya conflict victims
The United Nations called Monday for $160 million (114 million euros) to cover the needs of those who have fled Libya as well as others who remained trapped in the strife-torn north African country.
The appeal is expected to cover relief support including shelter, food, transportation, water and sanitation for up to one million people for the next three months.
"This appeal is based on 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 humanitarian aid to varying degrees," said Valerie Amos, UN aid chief.
"I hope that this appeal receives a favourable response from donors, which will enable us to continue to support those in need," added the United Nations under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator.
The appeal will be revised in two weeks, said the UN.
Tens of thousands of mostly migrant workers have been streaming out to bordering countries, including Tunisia and Egypt, in a bid to escape violence in Libya.
An estimated 100,000 mainly foreign migrants have arrived in Tunisia alone since February 20. Thousands remain in temporary camps facing growing problems of hygiene.
Aid agencies are also increasingly concerned about the situation of people who are trapped in Libya, where battle is ongoing between supporters of strongman Moamer Kadhafi and rebels.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon managed Sunday to persuade Kadhafi's foreign minister to allow in a humanitarian assessment team to Tripoli.
Former Jordanian foreign minister Abdelilah Al-Khatib will undertake "urgent consultations" with Kadhafi's government and work on the humanitarian crisis it has caused, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said.
It is not immediately known where the team would be allowed to visit in Tripoli and whether they would be taken to other cities.
© 2011 AFP