UNICEF responds to water crisis in Tripoli

Faraj, 5, watches as other children play in Benghazi, Libya

A technical team from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is working with Libyan authorities to assess water wells and identify alternatives for water resources.

UNICEF is responding to the immediate needs in Tripoli where it is concerned about a possible water shortage in the coming days.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

The United Nations children's agency is expecting 90,000 bottles of water to arrive in Tripoli on Monday.

This is in addition to 23,000 bottles of water it has delivered for emergency use as the situation is expected to worsen in the Libyan capital.

UNICEF is currently procuring approximately 5 million litres of water from neighbouring countries to be trucked and shipped to Tripoli in the coming days.

It warns that a water shortage in Tripoli could turn into an unprecedented health epidemic.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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