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Devastating Floods in Libya Leave Thousands Dead and Missing

Flooding in Libya Claims Thousands of Lives

Disinfection Efforts Underway in Devastated Derna

In the aftermath of a powerful earthquake that struck Derna, Libya, on the 17th (local time), the city is now grappling with the aftermath of catastrophic flooding. The disaster has left a staggering death toll, as it has been confirmed that 3,753 people have tragically lost their lives as a result of the floods.

Derna, a city severely impacted by the earthquake, has become a focal point for disinfection work to prevent the outbreak of infectious diseases. With the immense damage caused, Libyan authorities have imposed stringent measures to mitigate potential health risks.

The calamity unfolded on the 10th when Derna’s resilience was tested once again, as two dams gave way under the relentless force of Storm Daniel. The raging waters engulfed more than 20% of the city, resulting in widespread destruction and large numbers of casualties.

During a press conference on the 22nd, Mohamed Elsar, head of the emergency response committee of the eastern Libyan government, revealed the extent of the devastation. The official stated that the number of fatalities reached a heartbreaking figure, with fears that the death toll may rise further. The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 4,014 people could have perished, and an additional 8,500 individuals are currently missing.

The division of power in Libya between the unity government controlling the western region and the national stability government supported by warlord Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army, which oversees the eastern oil fields, has hindered the accurate assessment of flood victims. This political fragmentation has obstructed the collection of precise data regarding the impact of the disaster.

Osman Abdel Jalil, the Minister of Health of the Eastern Government, urged authorities to rely solely on the official data released by the Ministry of Health to ensure an accurate account of the tragedy.

It has been confirmed that 3,753 people have died due to the floods in Libya.

Disinfection work to prevent infectious diseases is carried out in Derna, Libya, which suffered extensive damage due to a strong earthquake on the 17th (local time). Libya almost blocked the city considering the danger the body could cause. On the 10th, two dams collapsed under the influence of Storm Daniel, and more than 20% of the city was swept away by the current. / Yonhap News

According to dpa news agency on the 23rd, Mohamed Elsar, head of the emergency response committee of the eastern Libyan government, said this in a press conference held the day before.

As Tropical Storm Daniel hit Libya on the 10th, two dams on the outskirts of the port city of Derna collapsed. As a result of this accident, water flooded the city and many people died and went missing.

The World Health Organization estimates that 4,014 people, more than the emergency committee, may have died and 8,500 are missing.

Libya was divided into a unity government that controlled the west, including the capital Tropoli, and a national stability government supported by warlord Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army, which controlled the eastern oil fields. Because of this, the count of flood victims is unclear.

The Minister of Health of the Eastern Government, Osman Abdel Jalil, asked, “Use the official data released by the Ministry of Health.”

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