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Eastern Libya Faces Devastation as Thousands Grapple with Aftermath of Deadly Floods

Eastern Libya Faces Devastation as Thousands Grapple with Aftermath of Deadly Floods

Eastern Libya Faces Devastation as Thousands Grapple with Aftermath of Deadly Floods

Deadly floods wreak havoc in the wake of storm Daniel, leaving a devastating toll on Libya

Libya’s eastern city of Derna has suffered devastation of unprecedented proportions, with about 25% of the city destroyed by torrential flooding caused by breached dams during Hurricane Daniel. On Tuesday, local authorities confirmed this grim reality, while the Red Cross expressed concern with reports of 10,000 people missing across the country due to the floods.

The devastation in Derna is heartbreaking, with over 1,000 bodies already recovered in the city alone. Officials fear the final death toll will be even more shocking because of Libya’s fragile state after more than a decade of conflict.

Reports of destruction and damage in the wake of devastating floods

As per reports, scenes of destruction include overturned vehicles, fallen trees, and abandoned houses submerged in floodwaters. Hichem Abu Chakiouat, civil aviation minister and member of the emergency committee in control of the eastern region, described the situation as dire, saying, “Bodies are lying everywhere – in the sea, in the valleys, under buildings”.

He estimates that more than 2,500 people across the country may ultimately lose their lives as the number of missing persons continues to rise. Tamer Ramadan, head of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) delegation, expressed the organization’s concerns, revealing, “We can confirm from our independent sources of information that the number of missing people has so far reached 10,000”.

Video broadcast from Derna shows a steady stream of water flowing through the center of the city after the dams gave way, leaving behind a trail of ruined structures, underscoring the urgency of relief efforts in the face of this catastrophic disaster.

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