The city of Derna in eastern Libya has been devastated by catastrophic flash floods caused by Medicane Daniel, leading to a declaration of a disaster zone. The Libyan Red Cross Office reported “more than 200” deaths, with the number expected to rise. The heavy rain and widespread flooding in the eastern region of Libya can be attributed to the influence of Storm Daniel. The overflow of water from two large dams in the area has resulted in the evacuation of people in Derna, a city with a population of approximately 100,000. Storm Daniel, after wreaking havoc in Greece, Turkey, and Bulgaria, made landfall in Libya over the weekend and caused the deaths of at least 27 people in those countries. Notably, Libya has been divided into two governments since 2014, with the United Nations recognizing the government based in Tripoli. The devastating situation in Derna highlights the urgent need for support and assistance in the affected region.
Foreign news agencies from Benghazi, Libya reported on September 12 that the Libyan Red Cross Office reported that there were “more than 200” deaths and it is very likely that the number of deaths will increase even more. Due to the influence of Storm Daniel This leads to heavy rain and widespread flash floods. in the eastern region of Libya
The city of Derna in eastern Libya has been declared a disaster zone after Medicane Daniel caused catastrophic flash floods across the area overnight. Many residential buildings have been destroyed along the banks of the river. I fear we may be facing a mass casualty incident. pic.twitter.com/QoVp8vzjpp
— Nahel Belgherze (@WxNB_) September 11, 2023
Although many agencies have declared a state of emergency and accelerated the evacuation of people Especially in Derna. which is one of the main cities in the region It has a population of around 100,000 people, as water overflows from two large dams in the region. The shoulder then enters the community area and the agricultural area.
Storm Daniel made landfall in Libya over the weekend. After causing damage to several European countries, especially Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria, resulting in the deaths of at least 27 people in the three countries.
By the way, Libya is divided between two governments. namely the West and the East since 2014 after the rebellion and chaos that followed the ouster of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the supreme leader of Libya, in 2011. However, the United Nations (UN) has only the government of Western Libya ‘to recognize or national government which is located in Tripoli.
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