A Romanian military plane loaded with humanitarian supplies landed in Benghazi on Saturday afternoon, part of intensifying international efforts to assist flood-ravaged Libya.
The transport aircraft delivered medicine, food, tents, and blankets to help victims of flash floods that struck Libya’s northeast coast last Sunday. The floods described as a “tsunami” washed away roads, buildings, and vehicles in the coastal city of Derna. Although uncertain, estimates indicate over 10,000 people remain missing six days after the deluge.
Romania joins emergency responders and aid teams from across Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa rushing assistance to the battered country. The EU has mobilized relief supplies through its Civil Protection Mechanism, with aid from Germany, Finland, and other member states.
Years of political chaos and war have crippled Libya’s infrastructure and public services following the 2011 revolution. The country has competing governments based in Tripoli and Tobruk, complicating response efforts.
Aid groups warn that blocked and flooded roads are disrupting delivery of vital relief. Derna’s airport is heavily damaged, further hampering logistics.
“This crisis requires a coordinated international response,” said the deputy head of the EU delegation in Libya. “Our thoughts are with the victims and survivors. Together the international community can help them recover and rebuild.”
The Romanian flight was the first of several planned rotations bringing supplies to assist flood victims. Romania has historically close ties with Libya dating to the communist era.