Publish dateFriday 15 September 2023 - 13:18
Story Code : 276646
The death toll from the devastating floods in Libya exceeded 11,000
The Libyan Red Crescent announced yesterday (Thursday) that the number of victims in the city of "Derna" has increased to 11,300 people after a huge flood caused by the breaking of two water dams caused by heavy rains.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA): Rescuers are still conducting search operations to find the victims.
"Saad al-Din Abdul Wakil" - an official of the Ministry of Health of Libya - also told Anatolia News Agency: "Rescue teams in the city of Darna in the east of the country rescued 510 people from under the rubble."
Also, an official of the Libyan Red Crescent said: 10,100 other people are still missing after this incident.
The health authorities had previously announced the number of flood victims in Darna as 5,500. Floods and typhoons also killed about 170 people in other parts of the country.
At the same time, the United Nations has warned about the spread of diseases caused by water pollution in Libya, and a senior official said: People need to drink water, and if they start drinking contaminated water and we cannot stop it, we will see a second wave. We will be sick and even dead.
Also, the UN humanitarian agency, which called the situation in Libya "catastrophic", said that humanitarian organizations need 71.4 million dollars to respond to "the most urgent needs of 250,000 people out of an estimated 884,000 people in need".
On Wednesday, Martin Griffiths, the head of this UN agency, announced the immediate funding for this purpose in the amount of 10 million dollars.
The flood caused by heavy rains on Sunday night affected many families in Darna, Libya.
"Daniel" - an unusually strong Mediterranean storm - caused deadly flooding in cities across eastern Libya, but the city of Derne suffered the most damage.
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