The head of Libya's interim Government of National Unity, Abdulhamid Dabaiba, issued instructions regarding taking precautionary measures to avoid any human or material damage in Ghat and southern Libya, after forecasts of thunderstorms and heavy rainfall for Saturday through Monday.
In a letter from Cabinet Minister Adel Jumaa to the Minister of Local Government and the head of the government team for emergencies and rapid response, Dabaiba directed communications with the Meteorological Service to follow up on weather changes on a regular basis, as well as to communicate with mayors in the region if any events may result from heavy rainfall.
Dabaiba’s instructions also stipulated coordination with the Ministry of Interior in evacuating residents of areas near or adjacent to valleys in order to prevent any loss of life.
Dabaiba's order also called on the Libyan Post and Telecommunications Holding Company to begin taking precautionary measures to prevent communications outages and for the General Electricity Company to prepare and harness the necessary capabilities to avoid a power outage in Ghat and neighboring areas.
The National Meteorological Center expects regions in southwestern Libya to be affected by cells of thunderclouds accompanied by heavy rainfall until Monday.
The center explained that the rain will cause torrents and flow in some local valleys and that water will collect in low places, advising citizens living near valley streams to be cautious.