UN / LIBYA FLOODS SITUATION

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The Permanent Representative of Libya to the United Nations, Taher El-Sonni, referred to the devastating floods in eastern parts of the country as “something that we've never seen in Libya before.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 14 SEPTEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

14 SEPTEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Taher El-Sonni, Permanent Representative of the State of Libya to the United Nations:
“This incident is something that we've never seen in Libya before. Unfortunately, it claimed thousands of lives. And still, there's other thousands that are missing. All efforts are put now for rescue teams to try to be able to manage this disaster. But it's really challenging. We were not used to this incident; we were not expecting it that way.”
4. Close up, journalist asking question
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Taher El-Sonni, Permanent Representative of the State of Libya to the United Nations:
“In this stage, we need the support of international community. We need the support of the UN agencies in order to be able to manage this crisis in a proper way and to help Libyans overcome this unfortunate incident. We will want to take advantage of the high-level week in order to gain our greatest support.”
6. Close up, journalist asking question
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Taher El-Sonni, Permanent Representative of the State of Libya to the United Nations:
“So I cannot really confirm the final numbers, but it's a really high level of magnitude and I'm afraid we will hear really large numbers, maybe even more than what has been confirmed so far.”
8. Wide shot, journalists in the audience
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Taher El-Sonni, Permanent Representative of the State of Libya to the United Nations:
“It was very overwhelming and we were all happy to see that everybody didn't look into the politics. When this response efforts came in, the only challenge was how to have the support reaching the right place at the right time. If you see the images today from Darna, actually, you'll see a lot of bottlenecks because there's so much flood of support coming from all over, whether it's on the government level, whether it's on the people level.”
10. Close up, journalist asking question
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Taher El-Sonni, Permanent Representative of the State of Libya to the United Nations:
“The Presidential Council is playing this kind of also because oversight role to overcome the challenges you have been mentioning, just to make sure there's no obstacles, but the intention of everyone is sincere to respond to this catastrophe. It has something that we've never seen before.”
12. Wide shot, briefing room

STORYLINE:

The Permanent Representative of Libya to the United Nations, Taher El-Sonni, referred to the devastating floods in eastern parts of the country as “something that we've never seen in Libya before.”

Speaking to journalists today (14 Sep) in New York, the ambassador added, “Unfortunately, it claimed 1000s of lives. And still, there's other 1000s that are missing. All efforts are put now for rescue teams to try to be able to manage this disaster. But it's really challenging. We were not used to this incident; we were not expecting it that way.”

Asked about what type of help the country needs, El-Sonni said, “In this stage, we need the support of international community. We need the support of the UN agencies in order to be able to manage this crisis in a proper way and to help Libyans overcome this unfortunate incident. We will want to take advantage of the high-level week in order to gain our greatest support.”

According to local officials, so far the death toll has reached 5,300 people, but the ambassador said he “cannot really confirm the final numbers”.

He added, “It's a really high level of magnitude and I'm afraid we will hear really large numbers, maybe even more than what has been confirmed so far.”

Asked about the political divisions in the country and how that is affecting the response, El-Sonni said, “It was very overwhelming and we were all happy to see that everybody didn't look into the politics. When this response efforts came in, the only challenge was how to have the support reaching the right place at the right time. If you see the images today from Darna, actually, you'll see a lot of bottlenecks because there's so much flood of support coming from all over, whether it's on the government level, whether it's on the people level.”

“The Presidential Council is playing this kind of also because oversight role to overcome the challenges you have been mentioning, just to make sure there's no obstacles, but the intention of everyone is sincere to respond to this catastrophe. It has something that we've never seen before,” concluded the Permanent Representative.
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