The situation in Derna, with the failure of two dams, has been classified as catastrophic.
The passage of Cyclone Daniel through Libya has already left more than 2,000 dead and 5,000 missing, leading to fears that the number of fatalities will end up being much higher.
Entire residential areas have been devastated by torrential rains in the northeastern part of the country. In Derna, the situation has been classified as “catastrophic.”
“The dams in southern Derna, the first and second of the Wadi Derna, collapsed and caused water to flow into the city,” explained Libyan Army spokesman Ahmed al-Mosmari. “Three bridges completely collapsed, “The water spread within the neighborhoods and there are entire neighborhoods that were swept into the sea, including their residents.”
Indeed, in Derna it is difficult to estimate right now both the severity of the damage and the number of victims. There is no electricity or communications, and the Ministry of the Interior is asking the different international organizations for all possible help for this specific city.
A divided country
The Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GUN), Abdulhamid Debiba, based in Tripoli, promised that the State will compensate all those affected by the floods and decreed three days of mourning for the victims in addition to ordering that the flags of the entire country are lowered to half mast.
The United Nations Mission in Libya (Unsmil) stated in a statement that it is closely monitoring the emergency situation and is ready to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to complement national and local efforts.
Unfortunately, the political situation in the country does not help to cope with the problems. The African country remains divided into two rival administrations, one in the east and one in the west, each supported by different militias and foreign governments, and with public services conspicuous by their absence.
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