Libya faces a tragic crisis as flooding caused by dam bursts has left more than 6,000 dead and thousands missing..
Morgues are full, hospitals are out of service and rescue efforts are hampered by debris, as reported tonight by CNN.
Catastrophic flooding in Derna, a northern coastal citywere caused by torrential downpours that broke two damscausing houses to be swept into the sea.
Devastation hits Derna after dam burst
The city of Derna, once home to over 100,000 people, now bears the brunt of nature’s fury. The aftermath of the deluge has left the streets littered with rubble and a death toll that continues to rise.
According to CNN, Saadeddin Abdul Wakil, undersecretary of the Health Ministry of the Unity Government in Tripoli, confirmed the grim statistics.
Amid the overwhelming loss of life, another heartbreaking aspect of this tragedy is revealed: around 10,000 people are still missing. They may have been lost at sea or buried under the rubble that now enshrouds parts of the city.
Hospital morgues, which are already at their limitstruggle to accommodate the deceased, while survivors remain in desperate need of medical care.
The United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Libya reports that more than 30,000 people have been displaced by the catastrophic flooding, further exacerbating the humanitarian crisis.
The destruction caused by Storm Daniel has made rescue and relief efforts a monumental challenge. Communication breakdowns have added to the difficulties faced by emergency teams, causing distress to families waiting for news about their missing loved ones.
Libya, a country plagued by civil conflict and warring factions, has struggled to rebuild and prepare for such a catastrophic event.
As the international community witnesses the unfolding tragedy, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk called on Libyan political actors to unite and overcome political divisions.
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