UN: Libya floods death toll rises to 11,300 in Derna

The death toll has risen to 11,300 in Libya, after two dams broke in the coastal city of Derna last week, causing massive flooding. As aid teams try to recover what’s left of the city, residents are making the heart-wrenching choice of whether to stay or go. Our correspondent Priyanka Navani sent us this report.

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Death toll from Libya floods climbs to 11,300 in Derna – UN

The death toll from the catastrophic flooding in Libya’s eastern city of Derna has climbed to 11,300, the United Nations said in an update.

Another 10,100 people are still missing in the devastated city, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said late on Saturday.

Elsewhere in eastern Libya outside Derna, the flooding took an additional 170 lives, the update said.

The update comes two days after the Libyan Red Crescent said the death toll soared beyond 11,000, with the number of missing people at 10,100.

After Storm Daniel hit the east of the country last week, two dams upstream from Derna burst, sending a wall of water into the wadi of dry riverbed that divides the port city of 100,000 people.

The devastation was apocalyptic.

Entire neighbourhoods and those who lived there were swept into the Mediterranean.

Disaster could have been prevented?

Questions are being asked as to why the disaster was not prevented, when cracks in the dams have been known about since 1998.

Prosecutor General Al Sediq al Sour has announced an investigation into the circumstances leading to the collapse.

Like much of Libya’s crumbling infrastructure, the two dams that had been built to hold back water from Derna fell into disrepair during years of neglect, conflict and division in the country.

The United Nations has launched an appeal for more than $71 million to assist the hundreds of thousands of people in need.

“We don’t know the extent of the problem,” UN aid chief Martin Griffiths said on Friday, as he called for coordination between Libya’s two rival administrations – the UN-backed, internationally recognised government in Tripoli, and one based in the disaster-hit east.

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President Al-Mashat inspects progress of work on paving and services expansion project in Tahrir District

Marshal Mahdi Al-Mashat, Chairman of the Supreme Political Council, was briefed on Sunday on the progress of work on a project to pave, rehabilitate and expand services in the streets of Al-Sharai neighborhood in the Tahrir District in capital Sana’a.

His Excellency the President, accompanied by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Brother Yahya Ali Al-Ra’i, the Prime Minister, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Habtoor, his Deputy for Economic Affairs – Minister of Finance, Dr. Rashid Abu Lahoum, the Director of the Office of the Leader of the Revolution, Safar Al-Sufi, and the Head of the Military Intelligence Authority, Major General Abdullah Al-Hakim, heard from the Secretary of the Capital, Dr. Hammoud Obbad to explain the components of the project, which costs 287 million riyals.

Obbad explained that the project includes stone paving with an area of 8,200 square meters, along with the water network and service infrastructure, with a completion rate of 71 percent, as well as the completion of the sanitation project, indicating that the project comes within the community initiatives projects implemented by the secretariat in various districts, a translation of the directives of the President of the Supreme Political Council to support and motivate. Initiatives to implement service projects, especially in the field of water and sanitation.

During the visit, His Excellency the President stressed the importance of encouraging and supporting community initiatives to implement projects that meet citizens’ needs and alleviate their suffering.

They were accompanied during the visit by the Secretary-General of the Municipality, Amin Jamaan, the First Undersecretary of the Municipality, Khaled Al-Madani, the Chairman of the Social Affairs Committee of the Municipality, Hamoud Al-Naqeeb, and a number of officials

Source: Yemen News Agency

Socotra Archipelago…Emirati and international ambitions for place uniqueness

Since the UAE state entered Socotra archipelago, its goal has become clear: to invade all of the island’s capabilities, obliterate its features and identity, and change everything that confirms its Yemeniness.

The UAE occupation state opened the island to the Israeli intelligence services, which flocked to it under the guise of tourists, especially since the island was and still is the focus of international ambitions, due to its tourism, environmental and economic potential accordingly, Israeli visits to the island, including military and intelligence, increased.

The island has a distinct and important geopolitical location due to its presence in the axis of maritime traffic in the Red and Arab Bahrain and the entrance to Bab al-Mandab Strait. This location made it vulnerable to the ambitions of colonial countries, past and present, waiting for appropriate opportunities to enter the island, until the exceptional event in Yemeni history came, represented by this unjust war, so that the UAE took among them is a pretext to enter Socotra Island, occupy it, and hand it over to the Zionist authorities, which for many years have dreamed of being present in the pearl of the islands in the world.

The UAE did what the colonial powers could not do on the island and entered it under false names, taking advantage of the state of weakness, division and fragmentation in the Yemeni reality, which came as a result of a war launched against Yemen. The Zionist military and intelligence presence, which has been dreamed of for decades.

Occupying the island of Socotra and destroying, plundering , stealing its resources, antiquities and natural components is a crime that is added to the series of crimes of the UAE in many Arab and Islamic countries and more. The UAE dealt with it in a worse way than the British and French colonial powers dealt with it, strengthened by the oil money it earned and directed this bad direction to destroy Arab entities ,countries and Islamic without the scruples of religion, Arab, Islamic affiliation, and a common history.

The UAE occupation state will not be able to swallow the Yemeni island of Socotra, as it is too big for it, and there is no comparison historically, culturally or environmentally between it and a bastard state that is not more than seventy years old. Fate wanted it to obtain enormous oil wealth that pushed the Arabs of the desert to attack the structure without awareness or reason.

Source: Yemen News Agency

President Al-Mashat chairs an expanded meeting of leaders of local and executive authorities in capital secretariat

Marshal Mahdi Al-Mashat, Chairman of the Supreme Political Council, chaired on Sunday the expanded meeting of the leaders of the local authority, the Executive Office, members of the House of Representatives and the Shura Council, and social figures in the capital secretariat.

During the meeting, which was attended by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Brother Yahya Al-Rai, the Prime Minister, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Habtoor, the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Dr. Rashid Abu Lahoum, and a number of officials, President Al-Mashat thanked all the loyal hands that participated in completing the work that was opened today in the capital secretariat, led by the Madhbah Bridge and other projects being implemented, estimated to cost 58 billion and 500 million riyals.

He appreciated the sincere efforts of the cadres working in all the streets of the capital secretariat employees, which indicate high determination, in conjunction with the Yemeni people’s celebrations of the September holidays and their readiness to commemorate the birth of the best of human beings, Muhammad, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him and his family.

President Al-Mashat said: “From the capital of steadfastness and challenge, the capital of history, civilization and culture, and the capital of all Yemenis, I extend through you my greetings to the masses of the Yemeni people in all governorates of the Republic, and I congratulate everyone on the eternal September holidays, as well as the birth of the best of human beings, Muhammad, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him and his family,” which The masses of our people in all governorates will celebrate it.” He pointed out that the Yemeni people express on this occasion joy, pride, and belonging to history, the message, and Islam.

He praised the work and achievements he witnessed while laying the foundation stone for this year’s projects, the cost of which is estimated at more than 21 billion riyals, in the Municipality of the Capital. He pointed out that these projects will be implemented next year with the sincere efforts of all the employees of the Secretariat, led by the Mayor of the Capital, who is making sincere efforts in the current status.

He stressed the importance of everyone being keen to redouble efforts so that the capital secretariat lives up to the aspirations and sacrifices of the Yemeni people. He said: “We want the capital of the Republic of Yemen to be a capital worthy of the sacrifices and aspirations of our people.”

He added: “Everyone must work and make the criticism that comes from here or there fuel to continue the journey and produce more and more. Our people deserve a lot from us, and the capital of Yemen of faith and wisdom requires us to exert all our efforts and all our time to improve the image of this capital, which the world has flocked to, and the most infidel and hypocritical countries have flocked to.”

His Excellency the President pointed out that despite the limited capabilities, as the budget of the Municipality of the Capital does not reach eight percent of what was approved for it in previous periods, the Municipality of the Capital was nevertheless able to provide a decent model, while the hope remains that more and more will be accomplished.

His Excellency the President explained that the successes are many and the challenges and difficulties are great, but these cadres will rise to the challenge, and the good people of this people will continue the challenge until achieving the victory that befits the sacrifices of this people.

His Excellency the President directed all officials to be at the level of responsibility in serving the people, considering that serving citizens is a responsibility and an honor for every official in the state. He added: “We have said in many speeches that if the official does not turn his office into a shrine of worship in the service of the people, then he is not worthy of responsibility and does not with the chair he’s sitting on.

He stated that in the first days of the Supreme Political Council assuming responsibility, the capital secretariat was going through a sanitation crisis that no capital in the world is experiencing, but with concerted efforts and willpower, all these difficulties were overcome. He said: “We must thank all the achievements and receive all the comments and criticisms and we make it fuel to improve work and performance.”

President Al-Mashat stated that the Yemeni people are about to celebrate the honorable birth of the Prophet, and all officials must work with a steadfast spirit in all the suburbs of the secretariat in preparation and rejoicing over the birth of the Messenger, may God’s prayers be upon him and his family, as is the confidence of the Leader, who is betting that these faces will be at the level of reception for this occasion.

He directed everyone to continue serving the people, facing difficulties, and dealing positively with citizens in works, improvement, and all offices. Any employee who deals with people without responsibility does not represent or honor everyone.

He stressed that the Yemeni people are counting on the September 21 revolution to have great entitlements and aspirations, and everyone must live up to these entitlements and aspirations

Source: Yemen News Agency

President Al-Mashat directs Finance Ministry to approve orphanage’s budget

His Excellency Field Marshal Mahdi Al-Mashat, Head of the Supreme Political Council, confirmed that the Council will spare no effort in supporting orphans and caring for them in all provinces of the Republic.

That came during the President’s inauguration of the second phase of the “And cooperate in Virtue and piety” project today at the orphanage in the capital, Sana’a, which is implemented by the General Authority for Endowments at a cost of four billion riyals.

President Al-Mashat and the Ministry of Finance directed the re-approval of the budget of the orphanage as it was previously. He said, “My orphan children, you are our children, our future, and you will be the focus of attention and care.”

He added, “From here, I donate half of my salary annually to the segment of orphans of the poor and needy. If we neglect your rights, you have a great father named Sayyed Commander Abdul-Malik Badr al-Din al-Houthi.”

The president continued, “I promise you and all the orphans, the poor, and the needy that we will live up to the responsibility that we have shouldered.”

President Al-Mashat congratulated the leadership of the Endowments Authority for the achievement it had achieved within a short period since its establishment, appreciating the authority’s choice of the orphanage to launch its giant projects. I hope that the orphan segment will have a large part of those projects in the coming year, and that they will benefit all targeted segments of society.

He said, “Today we are launching at the orphanage the project ‘And cooperate in righteousness and piety’, which supports orphans, the blind, science students, and cancer patients, as well as supporting 300 official bodies, associations, and scientific centers, with an amount of four billion riyals for the year 1445 AH.”

He pointed out that the endowment funds were donated by fathers and grandfathers and deprived their children of them, so that their resources would reach the weak and poor segments of society, the sick, the wayfarer, students of knowledge, the construction of dams, water projects, and other services that benefit the poor and needy.

He added, “What everyone must understand is that the benefits of the endowment are for the poor citizen, just as the endowment has specified its disbursements for the weak, the poor, the needy, and the wayfarer. We emphasize to everyone that preserving the endowment funds is a religious duty and responsibility. If we are careful to preserve the endowment funds and recover its funds, we are preserving an important resource. It directly benefits society.”

President Al-Mashat praised the projects implemented by the General Authority for Endowments during the last period, which benefited hundreds of thousands of poor ,needy people, and embodied the disbursement of endowment funds for what was allocated to him, while the beneficiaries of endowment funds during the last stage were, unfortunately, the powerful.

He called on the Endowments Authority to prepare a rental policy that takes into account the poor , needy and eases their burden as much as possible.

He also called on those who still have endowment funds in their hands to fear God and pay the money they owe.

The President expressed his happiness at attending the inauguration of the second phase of the “And cooperate in righteousness and piety” project coinciding with the Prophet’s Birthday event from the orphanage.

He said, “On the occasion of our people’s preparation to receive the honorable birth of the Prophet, we are happy and pleased that we are among the group of orphans in the orphan care home in Sana’a. We are overwhelmed with happiness while we are among you, inaugurating from here the birth of the Messenger of Mercy, the father of the orphans, the poor, and the needy, Muhammad, may God bless him ,his family and grant them peace.”

At the inauguration, which was attended by the parliament Speaker , Yahya Ali Al-Ra’i, and the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs – Minister of Finance, Dr. Rashid Abu Lahoum, the Grand Mufti of Yemen, the scholar Shams al-Din bin Sharaf al-Din, urged everyone to venerate and revere the Messenger of God, may God bless him , his family and grant them peace.

He said, “The Yemenis have a great place in the heart of the Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace, who described them as the people of Yemen and wisdom, which requires them to live up to this level of honor.”

President Al-Mashat pointed out that commemorating the Prophet’s birthday expresses love, honor and reverence for the Messenger of God, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him and his family, and strengthens the values of Islam among society.

The scholar Sharaf al-Din pointed out the great status of orphans, as God mentioned them in many noble verses and urged us to provide them with assistance, help, and care for them.

He urged the concerned authorities to disburse allocations to orphans and work to improve their livelihood and various conditions related to their lives so that they can help in building the Yemeni state.

At the inauguration, which was attended by the head of the General Authority for Endowments, Abdul Majeed Al-Houthi, his deputy, Abdullah Allaw, and the two representatives of the Authority, Dr. Muhammad Al-Somali, Dr. Abdullah Al-Qadmi, the director of the orphanage, Ahmed Al-Khazzan, considered the celebration of the anniversary of the Prophet’s birth as a manifestation of the Yemenis’ love for the Messenger, may God bless him , his family and grant them peace.

President Al-Mashat pointed out that the embodiment of loyalty and obedience to the Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace, is to emulate him and follow his righteous path, reviewing the needs of the orphanage and their various requirements.

The price of the tank was the Endowments Authority’s support for the orphanage and the contributions it provided during the last period, which reflected positively on all the services provided to the house’s members.

The inauguration, which was attended by a number of scholars , officials of the Authority and the Orphan Care House, included folklore passages and honoring examples of the Orphan Care House’s employees who are enrolled in education classes.

Source: Yemen News Agency