Tuesday, September 12, 2023
As many as 10,000 people are feared dead after a storm slammed into Libya, unleashing a devastating surge of floodwater across the country's east. A disaster wrought by intense rainfall from Mediterranean storm Daniel intensified when two dams burst " with more than 2,000 people killed in one coastal city and thousands more missing, aid agencies and officials said Tuesday. Entire neighborhoods were swept away in the North African country, which was already reeling from years of conflict. Images showed the region obliterated by raging floodwaters, with cars, masonry and debris strewn across streets and entire buildings swept away. The deluge appeared to have done its worst damage to Derna, a city where 2,300 people were confirmed dead and another 5,000 were missing, according to the Ambulance and Emergency Service.
Othman Abduljaleel, the health minister in Libya's eastern government, described the situation as "catastrophic."
"The bodies are still lying on the ground in many parts (of the city). Hospitals are filled with bodies. And there are areas we have yet to reach," he said, according to the Associated Press.
That means the toll is likely to rise significantly in the coming days, aid groups warned.
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