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Floods in Libya: a new assessment reports more than 3800 dead

2023-09-23T18:21:27.379Z

Highlights: Floods in Libya: a new assessment reports more than 3800 dead. This figure, which includes only bodies found and buried, is still not final. Storm Daniel hit Derna, a city of 100,000 inhabitants bordering the Mediterranean, causing a flood on the scale of a tsunami sweeping away everything in its path. More than 43,000 people have been displaced by the floods, according to the latest statistics from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) The search continues for bodies under the rubble or at sea.


This figure, which includes only bodies found and buried, is still not final.


The floods caused nearly two weeks ago in Libya by storm Daniel have killed more than 3800 people, according to a new assessment released Saturday night by the Libyan authorities in the East.

The raging waves that devastated the city of Derna, in eastern Libya, have killed at least 3845 people, according to a new provisional assessment stopped "this afternoon", said Mohamed Eljarh, spokesman for a committee overseeing the relief, formed by the government of the east.

This figure, which includes, according to him, only the bodies buried and counted by the Ministry of Health, "is expected to increase every day", he said.

He explained that bodies hastily buried by residents in the first days after the disaster are still not counted.

More than 10,000 missing

According to him, the authorities are working to identify the victims buried without identification as well as the missing, whose number amounts to more than 10,000, according to estimates of the authorities and international humanitarian organizations.

He called on residents to report the missing in two offices set up by the Attorney General in Derna.

Meanwhile, the search continues for bodies under the rubble or at sea. At least nine foreign teams are still participating, according to Eljarh.

Storm Daniel hit Derna, a city of 100,000 inhabitants bordering the Mediterranean, causing the rupture of two dams upstream and causing a flood on the scale of a tsunami sweeping away everything in its path.

More than 43,000 people have been displaced by the floods, according to the latest statistics from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Source: lefigaro

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