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8 officials jailed as part of investigation into deadly dam collapse in Libya

September 25, 2023 at 7:35 pm

Maxar satellite imagery of the upper damn on the Wadi Darna, before the catastrophic flooding that struck the Libyan coastal city of Derna. Please use: Satellite [2023 Maxar Technologies]

Libya’s Prosecutor-General, on Monday, ordered the arrest of eight officials as part of his inquiry into the recent flood disaster which killed thousands, his office said.

The flash flood, which witnesses likened to a tsunami, broke through two ageing dams on 10 September, after a hurricane-strength storm lashed the area around Derna, a port city in Libya‘s east.

According to the report, the officials are suspected of “bad management” and negligence, a statement from the Prosecutor-General’s office said.

On Saturday, the official death toll passed 3,800, and international aid groups have said 10,000 or more people may be missing.

Derna Mayor, Abdel-Moneim Al-Ghaithi, who was sacked after the disaster, was also questioned, the statement said.

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