More than 11,000 people have lost their lives and many more have been displaced since Storm Daniel caused widespread flooding.
Since Storm Daniel struck almost 2 weeks ago, ACS’s offices across the Middle East and Europe have arranged multiple flights using aircraft including Boeing 747s, Airbus A300s and Ilyushin IL-76s, and is receiving requests for more flights.
Ben Dinsdale, Director of Government and Humanitarian Services at ACS, says, “At the weekend we had our first flights to Libya, into Benghazi, Al Abraq and Tobruk airports, with several more booked over the coming days – they mostly are carrying aid including shelter equipment, such as tarpaulins, tents and sleeping bags, as well as water purification tablets.”
Storm Daniel struck a week after the devastating earthquake in Morocco, with Dinsdale commenting, “We were at the stage of trying to arrange a number of search and rescue flights into Morocco when the Moroccan government announced that it had restricted aid senders to just four governments. Then we heard about Libya, and most governments’ and NGOs’ attention turned to helping the victims there.”