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Australia pledges $1M in humanitarian aid for Libya


Australia will provide $1 million in humanitarian assistance following devastating floods in Northern Africa.

Libya is facing the aftermath of catastrophic floods where up to 20,000 people are feared dead and hundreds of thousands of citizens affected.

The floods were triggered by a storm which resulted in the collapse of two dams, sending a wall of water gushing through the city.

Much of the area impacted in the north east of the country remains difficult to access.

The staggering death toll already sits at 11,000 and officials warn it could grow further due to the spread of waterborne diseases.

Foreign Minister Penny Wong said the federal government extended its condolences to the loved ones of those who died, Libyan residents and the Libyan community in Australia.

The $1 million humanitarian assistance will be used to provide food, water, blankets and medical supplies to those who are most vulnerable and will be delivered through the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

"The intensity of these floods has shocked the international community," Senator Wong said.

"This humanitarian assistance will provide life-saving assistance to those most in need."

Australia is also a donor to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund and $10 million from the fund will support the humanitarian response in Libya.

with Associated Press