Libyan Capital Facing Water Shortage


Water shortage in the Libyan capital is the most pressing concern for the United Nations, affecting at least 4 million people in the area, an official said on Friday.

UN humanitarian coordinator Panos Moumtzis blamed the shortage on a temporary technical problem, and said that international contribution of water cannot be a sustainable solution.

“The situation at the moment with the provision for water remains serious, but I want to clarify it's not critical. We hope that it's a matter of days before the water comes in place. We will will be able to tell you only when we get the green light and the feedback about the restoration of the technical problem, which has really created significant impact on the water provision for this town," Moumtzis said.

According to officials of Libya’s National Transitional Council, Qaddafi forces vandalized water pumps located in the desert that supply much of Tripoli's water.

Many countries have sent water to alleviate the shortage Libya is facing.

Moreover, USAID and World Health Organization aid vessels arrived in Tripoli on Friday carrying medical supplies in an effort to help hospitals deal with an overwhelming influx of casualties.

"On the ship today we have four pallets of interagency emergency heath units which were sent from the United States aid office; there is also about fifty tons of medical supplies that the WHO brought in," said Kristy Campbell of International Medical Corporation.

France on Thursday said that it will release $2.16 billion in frozen Libyan assets to help the NTC rebuild the country.


Panos Moumtzis - UN humanitarian coordinator
Kristy Campbell - International Medical Corporation