Title: Devastating Floods Claim Thousands of Lives in Libya’s Derna
Subtitle: Urgent appeals made for aid as death toll surpasses 11,000
Derna, a coastal city in Libya, has been ravaged by heavy rainfall and the breach of two dams, leading to catastrophic flooding. Reports from the Libyan Red Crescent indicate that the death toll has climbed to a staggering 11,300, with an additional 10,100 individuals reported missing. The storm has also caused the death of approximately 170 people in other parts of eastern Libya.
Tragically, the mayor of Derna fears the final death count may reach 20,000, given the extensive damage caused by the flooding. Survivors have recounted the horrifying experience of being swept away by the powerful floodwaters, highlighting the urgent need for rescue efforts.
Emergency workers are tirelessly searching for survivors and maintaining hope of finding more. In the face of such overwhelming devastation, the city of Derna has resorted to burying its dead in mass graves. However, the World Health Organization and other aid groups have called on authorities to halt the burial of flood victims in mass graves, emphasizing the need for proper identification and burial protocols.
The extent of the damage has been attributed to poor maintenance and inadequate infrastructure in the region. The aftermath of the floods has left Derna in a state of isolation, with severed power and phone lines, destroyed roads and bridges making access to the city extremely difficult.
In response to this dire situation, the United Nations has urged relevant authorities to establish a sea corridor to facilitate emergency relief and evacuations. This call for action aims to provide timely assistance to those affected, delivering essential aid and ensuring the safe evacuation of survivors and vulnerable communities.
As the search for survivors continues, it is essential for the international community to come together and extend a helping hand to the residents of Derna. With thousands of lives lost and many more missing, urgent action is required to alleviate the suffering caused by this devastating natural disaster.
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