Deadly floods destroy a quarter of a Libyan city

Tamer Ramadan, head of the authority, said, “The death toll is large and may reach thousands.” International Federation delegation in LibyaHe told reporters in Geneva via video link from Tunisia.

Officials in the administration that runs the eastern part of the divided country said on Monday that at least 2,000 people had been killed by the bombing. FloodsBut it was not immediately clear on what basis this estimate was based.

In Derna alone, more than 1,000 bodies have been recovered so far, according to a minister in the country’s eastern administration.

Vehicles piled up on the side of the coastal road in the eastern city of Derna, about 290 kilometers from Benghazi, in the wake of the Mediterranean storm “Daniel.” © Press office of the interim Libyan Prime Minister via Agence France-Presse

Hisham Shekiwat, Minister of Civil Aviation and member of the Emergency Committee, told Reuters by phone, “I returned from Derna. It is very disastrous. Bodies are lying everywhere – in the sea, in valleys, and under buildings.”

He added: “I am not exaggerating when I say that 25% of the city has disappeared. Many buildings have collapsed.”

Travelers stranded on the road after the storm hit the city of Shahat in eastern Libya on September 11, 2023. © Ali Al-Saadi, Reuters

On his way to Derna, a Reuters journalist saw overturned cars on the sides of the roads, fallen and abandoned trees, and houses submerged in water. Aid and aid convoys are heading towards the city.

A video posted on Facebook, whose authenticity Reuters has not been able to independently verify, shows dozens of bodies covered in blankets on the sidewalks in Derna.

Floodwaters cover the area around Al-Makhili in eastern Libya after it was hit by a powerful storm on September 11, 2023. © Libya Al Hadath via Reuters

Libya is politically divided between east and west, and public services have collapsed since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that led to years of conflict.

after Greece strikes Last week, Storm Daniel swept into the Mediterranean on Sunday, flooding roads and destroying buildings in Derna, and hitting other residential areas along the coast, including Libya’s second-largest city, Benghazi.

The internationally recognized government in Tripoli does not control the eastern regions, but it was sent Helps A Reuters journalist who was on board the plane said that the International Organization for Migration was heading to Derna and that at least one relief flight left the western city of Misrata on Tuesday.

The head of the Libyan National Unity Government, Abdul Hamid Al-Dabaiba, said on the X website, formerly known as Twitter, that the emergency medical supply plane was carrying 14 tons of supplies, medicines, equipment, body bags and 87 medical and paramedical personnel, heading to Benghazi.

A damaged road due to the storm in the city of Shahat on September 11, 2023. © Reuters Stringer

German Chancellor: “The news about the massive floods in Libya is horrifying. Many deaths and injuries are expected, especially in the east.” Olaf Schulz It was posted on X saying the country was ready to help.

Egypt, Qatar, Iran and Italy were among the countries that said they were ready to send aid. The United States also said it is coordinating with UN partners and Libyan authorities on how to assist in relief efforts.

Former acting UN envoy to Libya, Stephanie Williams, urged rapid foreign aid, saying the disaster “requires an urgent increase in international and regional aid” in a post on the X website.

An aerial view of floodwaters covering an archaeological site in the Libyan city of Shahat on September 11, 2023. © Ali Al-Saadi, Reuters

(FRANCE 24 with Reuters)

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