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Libya says devastating floods kill 2,300 in Derna city

Libya was struck by a devastating natural disaster as Storm Daniel caused two dams to burst near the city of Derna, resulting in floods that swept away entire neighbourhoods in the port city. The Red Cross says at least 3,000 people have died and around 10,000 more are still missing.

September 12, 2023 at 1:10 pm

At least 2,300 people have been killed by devastating floods in Libya’s eastern city of Derna, the country’s Ambulance and Emergency Service said Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reports.

“Around 5,000 other people have gone missing after the floods,” Osama Ali, a spokesman for the service, told Anadolu.

Libyan officials estimate that more than 3,000 people have been killed after floods caused by Storm Daniel struck eastern Libya on Sunday.

Initial reports indicate that dozens of villages and towns were submerged by floods amid widespread damage to infrastructure.

Local authorities in Derna said two dams have collapsed in the city, adding to the deadly floods.

“The network of roads and bridges in Derna has totally collapsed,” Al-Hussein Sweidan, head of the roads and bridges department in the Tripoli-based Libyan government, told Anadolu.

He estimated the reconstruction of the damaged roads and bridges in the city at around 300 million Libyan dinars ($67 million).

“A technical team has been assigned by the Transport Ministry to assess the scale of damage in eastern Libya,” he added.

Sweidan said that the damage caused by the storm hinders efforts to dispatch aid to the flood-hit areas.

On Monday, Libya’s Presidency Council appealed to friendly countries and international aid groups to provide aid to the flood-stricken areas in the eastern region.

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