‘Bodies lying everywhere’: Thousands dead after catastrophic floods triggered by Storm Daniel leave trail of destruction Libya | Englishheadline


Rescue teams have recovered the bodies of more than a thousand people and at least ten thousand are missing after catastrophic floods caused by Storm Daniel left a trail of destruction in eastern Libya.

Officials in the eastern administration of Libya say at least 3,000 have died after torrential rain from the powerful Mediterranean storm triggered widespread flooding and mudslides.

Entire neighbourhoods have been destroyed in multiple coastal towns, with the eastern city of Derna the worst hit.

Officials say the city, which is home to about 100,000 people, was wiped away after two dams burst and rescue teams have already retrieved the bodies of more 1,000 people from the rubble.

Hichem Chkiouat, the minister of civil aviation and member of the emergency committee told Reuters there are “bodies lying everywhere.”

“I returned from Derna. It is very disastrous. Bodies are lying everywhere – in the sea, in the valleys, under the buildings,” Mr Chkiouat told the outlet.

“I am not exaggerating when I say that 25 per cent of the city has disappeared. Many, many buildings have collapsed,” he added.

Tamer Ramadan of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies warned the “death toll is huge and might reach thousands.”

“We confirm from our independent sources of information that the number of missing people is hitting 10,000 persons so far,” Ramadan told reporters in Geneva via video link from Tunisia.

Authorities have declared a state of extreme emergency, closing schools and stores and imposing a curfew in the cities.

The head of Libya’s Emergency and Ambulance authority told the Al Hurra channel that Libya was not prepared for such a catastrophe.

“Libya was not prepared for a catastrophe like that. It has not witnessed that level of catastrophe before,” Osama Aly told the outlet.

“We are admitting there were shortcomings even though this is the first time we face that level of catastrophe.” 

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