Derna witnessed a devastating catastrophe last week and the entire district was either submerged or buried in mud. The city’s mayor estimated a staggering death toll of 20,000, and state media reported 891 buildings destroyed.
The disaster’s overall impact has been dire, with the death toll surpassing 11,300, and around 40,000 people displaced. The Libyan Red Crescent, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, reported 10,100 people missing in Derna, with expectations of this number increasing as search and rescue operations continue.
A week after the catastrophic flooding caused by dam breaches near Derna, aid is finally reaching Libya, even amidst its ongoing conflict. The International Organization for Migration warned that the actual number of displaced individuals is likely higher due to challenges in accessing the most affected areas, reported media houses.
#Libya | Entire districts of Derna swept away or buried in brown mud. The city mayor has said 20,000 people may have died. State media reported at least 891 buildings had been destroyed.#DernaFloods pic.twitter.com/byJyS4iM5b
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