UN’s Rapid Response Mechanism brings relief to flood-affected families
On 29 October, heavy rains resulting in flash floods in eastern Libya affected hundreds of people in Benghazi, Almarj, and Derna mantikas, as well as Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar, with Jardas Alabeed, Alabyar and Umm Arrazam municipalities the worst affected. The flash floods led to the displacement of over 150 families in Sidi Mahyous area in Al-Abyar municipality and in Taknis area in Jardas Al-Abid municipality, causing significant damage, leaving people without access to basic necessities such as shelter, water, food, and health care. No casualties were reported, however, some 157 households required humanitarian assistance, which saw the mobilizing of the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) - an initiative to provide emergency assistance within 72 hours of a disaster - delivering food assistance, safe drinking water, relief items, dignity kits, and winter clothing to the affected families. The RRM includes IOM, UNFPA, UNICEF, WFP and OCHA, partnership with the Libyan Humanitarian and Relief Agency (LibAid) and the Libya Society Organization (LSO). UNHCR and LibAid also provided essential core items to eight families in Umm Arrazam on 1 November.
An after-action review was conducted by participating agencies to determine areas of improvement to ensure the RRM is well placed should it need to respond to evolving or emerging humanitarian needs. Areas for improvement, which were taken up by the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT). included the prepositioning of stocks and strengthening coordination links given the time lapse since the RRM was last invoked.