**Massive Damage Caused by Collapsed Dam in Libya Reveals Chaos in Administration Response**
In the aftermath of devastating floods caused by a collapsed dam in Libya, search and rescue operations continue amidst the ruins of collapsed buildings. However, the conflicting responses of the two administrations, divided into East and West, have further compounded the already extensive damage.
Derna, located in northeastern Libya, has been left in ruins following the massive flooding triggered by the dam collapse. A grieving woman, her tears relentless, gazes at the shapeless remains of a building. She desperately searches for her younger brother’s family, who are believed to have been crushed under the weight of concrete. She longs to reach out to her five beloved nieces and nephews, as well as her younger brother and sister-in-law.
Restoration efforts are proving to be a challenging task, especially in the commercial area that has been reduced to rubble after a bomb explosion. Residents express their concerns, acknowledging that while they hope for things to return to normal, what has been lost can never truly be recovered.
In order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases caused by abandoned corpses, extensive quarantine measures have been implemented throughout the city. The United Nations initially reported a death toll of over 10,000 based on data from the local Red Crescent, but this was later revised to around 3,900 using figures from the World Health Organization. The exact number of casualties remains difficult to determine as the search for survivors continues.
It is evident that the chaos in Libya’s internal affairs, divided between East and West, along with the conflicting responses of the two administrations, have exacerbated the massive loss of life and property. Residents attest that the dam collapsed easily due to a lack of proper maintenance and management, which resulted from over a decade of political divisions. Moreover, conflicting instructions were given regarding evacuation and sheltering in place following the dam’s collapse.
Experts assert that the tragedy in Libya highlights the urgent need for cohesive governance and effective disaster management strategies. The failure to address these issues holistically has resulted in irreparable damage and immense suffering for the Libyan people.
This is a report filed by Hwang Bo-yeon for YTN.
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In Libya, where massive damage was caused by flooding caused by a collapsing dam, sad search operations continue among the remains of collapsed buildings.
Some point to the fact that the conflicting responses of the two administrations divided into East and West have compounded the damage.
Reporter Hwang Bo-yeon reports.
Derna, northeastern Libya, devastated by massive flooding after a dam collapse
A woman cries incessantly, resenting the shapeless remains of the building.
[사브린 블릴 / 리비아 데르나 주민 : 세상에, 세상에. 이걸 손으로 들어 올려서 한 사람의 시신이라도 빼낼 수 있다면….]
This woman is desperately searching for her younger brother’s family, who appear to have been crushed by concrete.
I would like to call all five of my wonderful nieces and nephews and their younger brother and sister-in-law.
[사브린 블릴 / 리비아 데르나 주민 : 테임, 야잔, 룩만, 살마, 투마도르, 동생 하킴과 그의 아내. 세상에! 우리 가족, 어디에 있는 건가요?]
Difficult restoration work has begun in the shopping area that was reduced to ruins after the mall bomb went through.
[모하메드 / 리비아 데르나 주민 : 모든 게 잘 되고 괜찮기를 바라지만, 사라진 것은 다시 돌아오지 않을 것입니다.]
Quarantine work was also carried out throughout the city to prevent the spread of infectious diseases caused by abandoned corpses.
The United Nations explained that it is difficult to determine the exact number of victims as the search for survivors continues.
It is noted that the massive loss of life and property has been exacerbated by the chaos in Libya’s internal affairs, which are divided into East and West, and the conflicting responses of the two administrations.
Residents testify that the dam collapsed easily due to poor maintenance and management due to political divisions that lasted for over 10 years, and that conflicting instructions were given to evacuate and stay at home after the dam collapsed.
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