Publish dateTuesday 19 September 2023 - 09:36
Story Code : 276844
The number of victims of the flood in Libya reached 11 thousand 300 people; 10 thousand people are still missing
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has reported that a week after Hurricane Daniel hit northeastern Libya, at least 11,300 people have died in the coastal city of Derna, and 10,100 people are still missing.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA): According to Reuters, based on the announcement of the United Nations citing the latest data of the International Organization for Migration, it is estimated that only 170 people died as a result of this flood in other parts of Libya and more 40,000 residents of the destroyed areas have been displaced.
Experts point out that as the search and rescue efforts continue, the flood death toll may increase again.
Hurricane Daniel hit the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday last week and destroyed roads and buildings after reaching Libya, especially in the east of the country.
The situation in Derna, the Libyan port city where two dams broke in Sunday's storm, has been described as a "disaster beyond comprehension". However, in addition to Derna, the storm and flood have caused a lot of damage to other coastal cities in eastern Libya, including the second largest city of this country, Benghazi.
The dams, which were destroyed by floods and storms, were built to protect the port city of Derna with a population of 100,000 in the middle of the 20th century.
According to the AFP news agency, the flood casualties in the city of Derna have been such that a week after the disaster, the bodies of the victims are still being found. A rescue team from Malta discovered a beach full of bodies on Friday, The Times of Malta reported.
International aid has been sent to Libya from the United Nations, Europe and the Middle East. These aids include medicine, emergency surgical supplies, as well as bags for transporting dead bodies; It is said that in this situation, the lack of the latter is felt more than anything else.
The Norwegian Refugee Council, which has a 100-strong aid group in Libya, said the management of bodies was the most important concern after the deadly floods in the country. The council emphasized that now more than food and basic necessities of life, equipment for burying bodies is needed.
After this disaster, many Libyan people are angry and angry about the slow speed of relief and also the failure of local authorities to warn about the danger of destroying the dams. They say that a political investigation about the occurrence of this incident is necessary and the causes of it must be dealt with; Because the engineers had previously warned about the danger of the dams collapsing and the urgent need to strengthen them.
According to analysts, although North Africa is not immune to climate change, the corruption and imprudence of the leaders cause these changes to have much wider consequences that may have been prevented. They emphasize that many warnings were given in advance about the Libya storm, but they did not evacuate the port city of Derna, and a quarter of the city's population remained under water.
Libya is an oil-rich country in North Africa that has been plagued by political strife, corruption, and foreign interference since the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi. Efforts a decade earlier to form a functioning single government also failed, and instead, two rival militia-backed governments were installed in the east and west. As a result of these internal conflicts, investment in roads and public services decreased, and there is not much supervision over constructions.
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