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Libya’s Massive Floods: Derna and Beyond

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The flood in Libya hit hard, especially in Derna by the sea and other northern spots. It tossed cars, wrecked buildings, and tore apart roads.

Last week’s storm hit three countries, causing dams in Libya to break. This led to flash floods that no one saw coming.

Many lost their lives in this sad event. An official for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it felt just like that massive quake in Morocco last week.

By Tuesday, over 5,300 people in Derna alone had passed away because of the flood, as per the Interior Ministry. That count even includes three kind-hearted Red Crescent helpers.

The head of the Red Cross shared on social media about these brave souls who were trying to help during the flood.

A man shared with Reuters that 30 of his family were among those who didn’t make it. “Most people were sleeping. Nobody was ready,” he said.

Hichem Abu Chkiouat, Eastern Libya’s minister of civil aviation, said, “Bodies are lying everywhere — in the sea, in the valleys, under the buildings.”

Othman Abduljaleel, the region’s health minister, mentioned to the Associated Press that some might’ve even been carried to the sea.

Abduljaleel said, “We were stunned by the amount of destruction … the tragedy is very significant, and beyond the capacity of Derna and the government.”

A man stands next to a damaged car, after a powerful storm and heavy rainfall hit Libya, in Derna, Libya September 12, 2023. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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