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Heavy rains cause houses to collapse in Libya's Ubari

October 2, 2023 at 4:59 pm

Torrential rain poured down in Libya’s southern city of Ubari on October 1, 2023 causing mass flooding and damage to people’s properties [@Lyobserver/X]

Heavy rainfall in Libya’s south-western city of Ubari has led to the collapse of several houses, according to its mayor on Monday, Anadolu Agency reports.

“Schools were suspended in a number of areas in the city,” Ahmed Matko told Anadolu.

He said a number of people were injured in the rains that hit the city on Sunday, without giving an exact figure.

“Power went off in the city since Sunday as some power plants went out of service due to the rains,” Matko said.

“The city is unprepared against natural disasters due to a lack of resources,” he warned.

On Saturday, the Libyan National Meteorology Centre warned that a thunderstorm is expected to strike Libya in the coming days.

Last month, more than 4,000 people were killed and thousands went missing when floods caused by Mediterranean Storm Daniel hit eastern Libya.

Derna was hardest hit by the deadly floods, causing the city’s dams to burst, washing away homes and people.

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