Storm Daniel devastates eastern Libya, almost 20,000 people displaced

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DERNA — Approximately 20,000 people have been displaced, with an estimated 3,000 casualties in Libya's eastern region, centered in Benghazi. Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah announced the dispatch of a 14-tonne aid plane to Benghazi, although access to the hardest-hit city of Derna remains challenging.اضافة اعلان

Relief convoys are moving from west to east as the Tripoli government designates the eastern region as a disaster zone and pledges assistance. The Benghazi administration reports over 1,000 retrieved bodies in Derna, Al Jazeera reported.

Storm Daniel struck eastern Libya, causing two dams to burst, flooding the Wadi Derna River and devastating the city. Apartment blocks collapsed, a seafront bridge vanished, and the number of missing individuals ranges from 5,000 to 10,000.

Roads to Derna are impassable due to flooding, hindering communication and rescue efforts. Hani Shennib from the National Council on Libya-US Relations noted that a quarter of the city has been completely eroded.

Flooded hospitals forced evacuations, leaving many patients and staff stranded. International assistance is deemed necessary by Tamer Ramadan from the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

25 percent of bodies are disappearing
Hichem Chkiouat, Minister of Civil Aviation in Benghazi, reported that bodies are scattered throughout the city, with approximately 25 percent of it disappearing.

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