Title: Massive Flood in Libya’s Derna Leaves Death Toll at 11,300 with Thousands Missing
Subtitle: Unprecedented Storm and Neglected Infrastructure Worsen the Devastation
Derna, Libya – A catastrophic flood caused by the breaching of two dams during heavy rainfall has raised the death toll in the coastal city of Derna to a staggering 11,300, with an additional 10,100 reported missing. Unusually intense Mediterranean storm Daniel triggered the collapse of the dams, resulting in extensive flooding across the city. The devastating consequences of the storm highlight the vulnerability of Libya, a nation torn by conflict and plagued by neglected infrastructure.
Investigations are now underway to determine the reasons behind the dams’ collapse. It has been revealed that despite the allocation of funds for maintenance purposes, the dams had not been properly taken care of, which further contributed to the disaster. Accountability for this neglect is being demanded, urging for a thorough investigation into the collapse.
The Libyan government agencies throughout the country have joined forces to provide aid and relief efforts to the affected areas. Derna is currently in the process of burying its dead, with over 3,000 bodies already laid to rest and another 2,000 being processed. Meanwhile, rescue teams are tirelessly searching for survivors and working towards clearing the debris left in the aftermath of the devastating flood.
Although the Libyan Red Crescent has reported a death toll of 11,300 and 10,100 missing individuals, local officials fear that the actual numbers could be even higher, potentially reaching a staggering 20,000. The floods have also forced approximately 30,000 residents of Derna to flee their homes. Access roads have been severely damaged, hindering international aid from reaching the affected areas. However, humanitarian convoys have managed to reach the city, providing some relief to displaced individuals.
Recognizing the urgent need for assistance, the United Nations has issued an emergency appeal for $71.4 million to aid the 250,000 Libyans worst affected by the floods. International aid and rescue teams have already begun arriving in the region, with the International Committee of the Red Cross providing essential supplies and body bags to the affected communities.
Support from foreign countries has also started pouring in. The United States, pledging assistance to relief organizations, has promised to coordinate with Libyan authorities and the UN to provide additional support. Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, and Italy have also sent aid and rescue teams to help the Libyan people in their time of need.
As the city of Derna mourns its immense loss and struggles to heal, efforts are being made on both national and international fronts to ensure that aid and resources reach the affected areas promptly. These tragedies highlight the urgent need for Libya to address its fragile infrastructure and take measures to prevent similar catastrophes in the future.
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