The cold wave that hit the country in January has affected the most vulnerable populations. Effects have been exacerbated by days of power outages in southern and western Libya, caused by conflict between local militias. As a result, since the end of December 2016, one child has died per week due to severe cold. The need for non-food items for winterisation is particularly high among IDPs around Tripoli, Misrata, and Benghazi.
An important number of civilians in Libya are suffering from major consequences of six years of conflict, insecurity and political instability. As a direct result, hundreds of thousands of people are living in a volatile environment with little or no access to medicine, life-saving health care assistance, education, safe drinking water, food and shelter. According to the latest Humanitarian Needs Overview, 1.3 million people are currently in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.