UAE team arrives in Libay to identify victims of floods.
The UAE team of Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) arrived in Libya on Thursday.
The deployment of the team, the first of its kind in the world to be in Derna following the natural disaster that hit the country recently, comes as part of the UAE's efforts to aid Libya in dealing with the aftermath of the floods caused by the heavy rains, resulting in thousands of deaths and injuries.
Upon arrival, the team's leader Dr. Issa Ahmed Al Awadhi met with the Libyan ministers of health and interior, as well as a number of officials in Derna, to discuss the implementation plans for the identification process.
The team includes a group of experts, specialists, and consultants in forensic medicine, dentistry, and DNA, equipped with advanced equipment and tools for dealing with mass fatalities.
The Royal Oman Police said, “Aviation team carried out an evacuation operation for 134 people, including 102 citizens and 32 Gulf nationals, who were besieged in the valleys of Wilayat of Madha and the Lima District."
Khadim said the initiative was launched in cooperation with the competent authorities represented by the General Command of Sharjah Police, Civil Defence, the National Authority for Crisis, Emergency and Disaster Management, the Department of Social Services, and the Emergency Housing Department to support Sharjah Charity’s humanitarian role.
Hessa directed the task force to put a plan for the next phase regarding effects of rain and floods in the eastern region in terms of cleaning of the affected areas by the volunteers in cooperation with the competent authorities.
The relief aid includes shelter materials, humanitarian needs, food and medical parcels for those affected by torrential rains and floods, with the aim of contributing to supporting efforts to alleviate the suffering of the affected people.
An official described seeing one child with part of his leg missing lying on the hospital floor for several hours, without receiving treatment for lack of medical staff.
The Ruler of Sharjah was briefed on the project, which comes within the framework of developing the electricity production sector system and is SEWGA largest investment in the field of energy in the emirate.
After repeated setbacks in the operation, military engineers and skilled miners are working by hand in a painstaking dig through rock and rubble towards the men using a so-called "rat-hole" mining technique to clear the final stretch.