Libya is being hit by storms that have already killed thousands of people. The streets of the city of Derna, in eastern Libya, are completely flooded due to Storm Daniel. According to emergency service organizations, the bodies continue to pile up.
Update 12-09-2023 14:49
ANP reports that at least 2,300 people have died after heavy rainfall and flooding in Libya. Libyan emergency services report that seven thousand people have been injured, and five thousand are still missing.
More than a thousand bodies have been recovered in the Libyan city of Derna as a result of Storm Daniel. Authorities in the east of the country report this. The self-proclaimed Prime Minister Osama Hamada of the eastern government in Libya spoke on Monday of two thousand dead and thousands missing. According to an official from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), the death toll could rise much further. The organizations also announced that around ten thousand people are missing.
The exact number of victims is difficult to determine because Libya has two rival governments. One is in the capital Tripoli in the west of the country. This government is led by Abdul Hamid Al-Dbeibeh and is also recognized by the United Nations. The other government is located in the northeast of the country and is ruled by Hamada.
Eastern Libya has been hit hardest, especially the coastal town of Derna. Storm Daniel caused heavy rainfall, causing two dams to burst and entire residential areas to be flooded. National army spokesman Ahmed Al-Mismari told a press conference on Monday that more than 2,000 people have been killed by the storm in the coastal town alone. In addition, Al-Mismari reported that there were five to six thousand people missing in the city.
Since the natural disaster, several videos have circulated on social media, showing the destruction caused by the storm and flooding. Entire buildings and cars are dragged through the city streets. For this reason, three districts in the east of the country were declared disaster areas yesterday.
Storm Daniel also caused much damage in Greece and has now reached the Egyptian coast. The hurricane is now heading towards Alexandria, a port city where about five million people live. Warnings have also been issued for heavy rainfall here.
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