Libya’s Derna Dam Collapse: Over 11,300 Dead and Counting

Afaf Fahchouch
Afaf Fahchouch
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The collapse of two dams in Derna, eastern Libya, following heavy rainfall from the Mediterranean Sea storm “Daniyal,” has caused significant devastation. The Libyan Attorney General, Al-Sadiq Al-Sour, has initiated an investigation into the catastrophe and pledged to hold those responsible accountable. The focus of the investigation is primarily on the funds allocated for the maintenance of these dams, as reports indicated structural issues and the need for repairs.

The repercussions of the disaster have been extensive, affecting over a million people. Major roads in the Green Mountains region in eastern Libya have been cut off due to the flooding. Additionally, large parts of Derna have been submerged, resulting in the destruction of entire neighborhoods and forcing people to flee towards the sea.

Tragically, the death toll has exceeded 11,300, according to the Libyan Red Crescent. Moreover, over 10,000 individuals remain missing in Derna. The International Red Cross has raised concerns about the haphazard mass burials in Libya, hindering relief efforts. Urgent efforts are needed to provide safe shelters for the affected population.

Earlier, the Mayor of Derna warned that the death toll from the flood disaster might exceed 20,000, emphasizing the gravity of the situation. As rescue operations continue and the retrieval of bodies progresses, the aftermath of this catastrophe continues to grip Libya’s attention and demands swift humanitarian responses.


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