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Friday
Sep022011

Libyans Short of Water, Medicine After Months of Clashing

Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- After six months of conflict, where supply lines were disrupted and infrastructure damaged, Libya now faces a critical shortage of the basics -- food, medicine, fuel and, as the UN humanitarian coordinator for the country says is arguably the most important, water.

"Fresh, bottled water is only now being delivered and unpacked in the capital," UN humanitarian coordinator Panos Moumtzis said.

So far, the UN has brought in 11 million bottles of water.

With the fighting subsiding in many areas, international efforts are being ramped up.  Over the past week, more than have a dozen UN agencies have returned to Tripoli to help with the country's humanitarian needs.

That's welcome, but it is seen as a temporary measure until the country gets back up on its own feet again.

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