Over 5,000 people have lost their lives as a result of devastating floods in eastern Libya. The coastal region of the North African country was severely impacted by heavy rain from Storm Daniel. The toll includes both government and hospital officials. Additionally, it is estimated that around 10,000 people are missing, as reported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The city of Derna in northeastern Libya was particularly hard-hit by the floods. Entire neighborhoods were washed away into the sea, according to a spokesperson for the Libyan National Army. The flooding in Derna has forced more than 30,000 individuals to be displaced from their homes, according to the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration in Libya.
The damage caused by the floods is extensive. The breached low dam, flooded streets and residential buildings, and a washed-out coastal highway are just a few examples of the destruction. The images present a grim picture of the aftermath of the disaster.
As the affected region continues to grapple with the aftermath of the flood, relief efforts are underway to provide assistance and support to those in need. However, the scale of the devastation poses significant challenges, requiring a coordinated and sustained response.
The impact of the flooding on eastern Libya is a tragic reminder of the vulnerability of coastal regions to extreme weather events. It serves as a call for increased preparedness and measures to mitigate such disasters in the future.