WFP Responds To Urgent Humanitarian Needs In Tripoli And Western Areas Of Libya

Published on 30 August 2011

Trucks carrying WFP food cross the border from Tunisia on their way to the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Copyright: WFP/Abeer Etefa

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing logistical support for the humanitarian relief effort in Libya, sending food and other urgent supplies including water, medicine and fuel to Tripoli. WFP is also scaling up food assistance to meet the needs of the most vulnerable internally displaced people in Tripoli, the coastal areas and the Nafusa Mountain Region.

  • WFP is dispatching around 600 metric tons of staple food commodities including wheat flour, pasta, vegetable oil and tomato paste to the Libyan capital for distribution by the Libyan Red Crescent (LRC) to provide much needed assistance to more than 35,500 conflict-affected and displaced people for one month.
  • A WFP vessel carrying 500,000 litres of water on behalf of the UN children’s agency, is en route from Malta to Tripoli. Earlier this week WFP delivered 23,000 1-litre bottles of drinking water to Tripoli for UNICEF.
  • At the request of Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC), WFP is looking to procure 250,000 metric tons of gasoline that would cover immediate life-saving humanitarian needs for one month. Fuel supplies have been disrupted by the fighting, and water and electricity supplies depend on fuel-run generators. Fuel is also required for hospitals, ambulances and vehicles to distribute critically needed medicines, food, water, and other supplies.
  • WFP delivered on 26 August 500 metric tons of food assistance to Gheryan and surrounding towns in north western Libya, where an estimated 200,000 people are in need of food. Distribution has started in Gheryan where WFP is targeting 30,000 of the most vulnerable people.
  • WFP has also completed the delivery of 495 metric tons of mixed food commodities to the Zliten area, enough to feed 15,000 people for one month. Also along the western coast, WFP and its Libya implementing partners are preparing to ship more than 100 metric tons of mixed food to Zuwarah.
  • In addition to providing food assistance in Tripoli, Gheryan and Zliten, WFP is providing emergency food for vulnerable people in Zuwarah, Sibrata, Sirman and Zawiya. WFP is reaching Tripoli and the western towns by sea and land via the Ras Ajdir border crossing in Tunisia -- the main supply route to Tripoli.