Logistics Cluster Libya Operation Situation Report - 8 June 2011
At the end of last week, the Logistics Cluster participated in a mission to Misrata to assess the logistics infrastructure and supply chain. The Logistics Cluster Coordinator attended several meetings and site inspections during the assessments. Key meetings were held with representatives of the Engineering Committee of the Misrata Council, the Airport Manager and the Harbour Master.
There is a large quantity of UXO present in and around Misrata city. While some areas have had UXO moved to collection areas, these areas are still accessible to the public. UNMAS took part in the assessment and the Logistics Cluster will be working with them on mapping affected routes.
The Misrata airport suffered damage during the fighting, however the 3,400m runway and associated taxiways are intact. Airport communications, runway lighting and navigational aids are not operational. There are currently no emergency services, weather station or terminal services.
The Port of Misrata is largely intact and despite some damage, port warehouse facilities are available for storage of humanitarian goods.
The transport infrastructure (roads, bridges, etc) is largely intact, though in certain places there is damage from the movement of tracked vehicles and areas with trenches and barricades.
While some goods are available in the private markets, there is an ongoing demand for basic humanitarian goods including food, non-food items and medical supplies. These can only be supplied by sea at present.
For now, there appears to be some fuel remaining in the city, although many gas stations remain closed.
The power generation and distribution systems are severely damaged, and while intermittent power is being provided through use of other power generators from the steel works, extensive repairs will be required to restore full power back to the city.
Water supply systems, although functioning, are in need of repairs and spare parts.
Communications within Misrata are minimal, with only limited internet access and no mobile network. Satellite telephony/data is available.
A growing number of UN agencies and INGOs are beginning to preposition stocks in Tunisia destined for Libya. INGOs operating in western Libya are generally moving goods through local counterparts, most of which are Diaspora NGOs.
The Logistics Sector took part in an assessment mission yesterday to Tataouine and Dhibat to gather information about warehousing and distribution mechanisms. The LRC will provide stock reports for each location to help determine how fast stocks are being distributed and the number of beneficiaries.
Humanitarian goods are being transported ex-Tunisia across the Dehiba border into the Nafusa Mountain area. Cargo is transported into the hubs of Nalut, Jadu and Ziltan by the LRC with customs assistance from the TRC, then onward dispatch is made to the local communities. The Logistics Sector is offering facilitation and coordination to those organizations wanting to send humanitarian cargo to this area in upcoming WFP convoys.