UN presence in Libya critical to help vulnerable people

Amina fled Tripoli with her son and husband

An immediate and effective presence of the United Nations on the ground in Libya is critical to help vulnerable people affected by the conflict.

That's the assessment of the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator, Panos Moumtzis, who arrived in the Libyan capital, Tripoli on Thursday.

UN Deputy Spokesman, Eduardo Del Buey says Mr. Moumtzis and UN agencies are in Tripoli to re-establish the Organization's presence there.

"Panos Moumtzis said that the humanitarian situation remains fragile, stressing that it is critical to ensure an immediate and effective UN presence on the ground to assist vulnerable people who have been affected by the conflict and by the disruption of services. His team will help respond to water shortages in Tripoli and in the surrounding areas."

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Meanwhile, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has delivered an additional 500,000 litres of bottled water, enough for 24,000 people, to the capital.

An additional three million litres is expected to arrive this weekend to cover 85,000 people for at least on week.

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