Thousands Feared Dead in Libya Amid Severe Flooding

KABUL (BNA) Storm Daniel has wreaked havoc across the Mediterranean, causing severe flooding and resulting in a significant loss of life.

The storm has affected several countries, including Libya, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Greece.

In Libya, the situation is particularly dire. Prime Minister Ossama Hamad of the east Libyan government has reported that over 2,000 people have died in the coastal city of Derna, with thousands more reported missing.

However, these figures have not been independently verified due to the country’s political division and deteriorating public services.

The Libyan Red Crescent has confirmed at least 150 deaths in Derna due to building collapses, with expectations that the death toll could rise to 250.

Mohamed Massoud, a spokesman for the Benghazi-based administration in Libya, reported that at least 150 people have been killed due to the flooding and torrential rains left by Storm Daniel in Derna, Jabal al-Akhdar region and the suburbs of Al-Marj.

Rescue operations are underway, with hundreds of residents reportedly trapped. The army is assisting in these efforts, although contact has been lost with nine soldiers during rescue operations.

In response to this disaster, the Prime Minister of the interim western government in Tripoli, Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, has declared three days of mourning in affected cities and emphasized “the unity of all Libyans” in the face of this disaster.


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