Libya Floods: Death Toll Soars To 11,300 In Derna – UN

A destroyed truck lies in a rubble ditch in the aftermath of a devastating flood in al-Bayda town in eastern Libya, on September 16, 2023. (Photo by AFP)

The death toll from devastating floods in Libya’s eastern city of Derna has risen to 11,300, according to the United Nations, quoting the Libyan Red Crescent.

According to Red Crescent numbers, another 10,100 people are still missing in the ravaged city, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The flooding killed an additional 170 people in eastern Libya outside Derna, according to the update.

“These figures are expected to rise as search-and-rescue crews work tirelessly to find survivors,” the UN update said.

Nearly a week after Storm Daniel hit northeastern Libya, “the humanitarian situation remains particularly grim in Derna,” the update said.

Severe drinking water problems have gripped the city, and at least 55 children were poisoned from drinking polluted water, it said.

In surrounding areas, most of which have seen years of armed conflict, the UN warned of the dangers of landmines shifting from floodwaters, threatening civilians who enter on foot.

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