Ground operations to search and recover bodies in the Libyan city of Derna (east), devastated a week earlier by Cyclone Daniel, reached 95%, while the rest requires excavation work, although 80% of the bodies have been located in maritime areas, local authorities revealed this Monday.
UN agencies have warned that Derna faces the threat of disease outbreaks that could spark “a second devastating crisis” among the 40,000 displaced people due to contaminated water and lack of sanitation.
Survivors urgently need clean water, food and basic supplies amid a growing risk of cholera, diarrhea, dehydration and malnutrition.
Last Sunday, the torrential rains caused by Cyclone Daniel devastated the northeast of the territory, especially in the coastal town of Derna, where they caused the collapse of two dams, releasing 33 million liters of water during the early hours of the morning and washing away entire residential areas, bridges and roads to the sea.
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