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The Libyan government says thousands are missing after Storm Daniel flooded the east of the country

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The Libyan government says thousands are missing after Storm Daniel flooded the east of the country

Thousands are feared to have died in floods that swept eastern Libya after Storm Daniel hit the North African country, swallowing entire neighborhoods and an unknown number of residents.

The city of Derna was the most affected, after massive torrents swept away two dams and swept entire buildings into the sea. Othman Abdel Jalil, Minister of Health and spokesman for the UN-recognized government in western Libya, told the local Al-Massar TV channel that the situation continues to deteriorate in the western city, and at least 2,000 have been found dead.

“I expect the death toll to rise to 10,000,” he told the channel early Tuesday, adding that the final death toll has not yet been confirmed as many parts of the city remain inaccessible. The population of Derna is estimated at about 90 thousand people.

Tamer Ramadan, head of the Libyan delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said there is a surprising number of people still missing. “We can confirm from our independent information sources that the number of missing people reaches 10,000 so far,” he told reporters in Geneva via video link from Tunisia.

Abdul Jalil said: “We call on friendly countries to help us save what remains of Derna.” “The field hospital is full of corpses.”

Drone footage taken on September 11 shows the town of Marj flooded with water, after a powerful storm caused heavy rains and severe flooding in northeastern Libya. (Video: Al Masar Channel)

The authorities declared a disaster area in the east and west of the city of Derna on Monday after water flowed through it and flooded parts of the city with a copper-colored liquid.

A “disaster” in the Libyan city of Derna, where deadly floods sweep the city

Libya’s infrastructure has suffered repeated blows over the course of the civil war that broke out after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country now remains divided between rival governments in the east and west.

The West, which includes the UN-backed government, rushed to help the East after the horrific images emerged. Communications networks were disrupted on Monday and early Tuesday. Abdul Jalil said they lost contact with emergency services in Derna at 3:30 a.m. Al Masar TV said it was also unable to reach its correspondents on the ground.

General Khalifa Haftar, head of the alliance of factions and irregular fighters known as the Libyan National Army in the east, in a statement early Tuesday called on other parts of the country to assist cities and towns in the Jabal Akhdar region, which includes Derna and other affected places.

United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Libyan National Army supporters sent search and rescue teams and medical workers to provide assistance. Turkey, which traditionally supports the Government of National Accord, the LNA’s rival in the West, said it had sent three planes carrying search and rescue teams and humanitarian supplies.

Asmahan Baloun, a member of parliament with family ties to Derna, told The Washington Post on Monday that the top priorities now were to provide a communications network and helicopters to find survivors. She added that with winter approaching, dams must be urgently rebuilt to prevent any future floods.

The US special envoy to Libya, Ambassador Richard Norland, said that the embassy is coordinating with the United Nations and Libyan authorities, and has issued an official declaration of humanitarian needs that “will allow for initial funding to be provided by the United States to support relief efforts.” In Libya.” He added that many Libyan Americans had contacted them, “keen to make special contributions to relief efforts.”

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