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Devastating floods claim Over 11,300 lives in Libya’s Derna, Thousands missing

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Derna, a coastal city in northeastern Libya, is reeling from the catastrophic aftermath of Storm Daniel, as the death toll soars to a staggering 11,300 people, with an additional 10,100 individuals reported missing, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). This grim report comes one week after the destructive storm made landfall, leaving the region in a state of anguish and despair.

The impact of Storm Daniel has extended beyond Derna, causing an estimated 170 casualties due to flooding in other parts of the country. Furthermore, the UN’s latest data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reveals that over 40,000 people have been displaced from their homes as a result of the disaster.

As search-and-rescue operations persist, it is feared that the figures may rise even higher as authorities strive to locate and rescue survivors amidst the widespread devastation.

The humanitarian crisis triggered by these catastrophic floods has prompted international concern, with humanitarian organizations, neighboring nations, and global partners rallying to provide assistance to those affected. Relief efforts are underway, with a focus on providing emergency aid, shelter, and medical assistance to the survivors.

The devastating impact of Storm Daniel underscores the urgency of addressing climate change and its consequences. Rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and their devastating effects on vulnerable communities are becoming increasingly frequent and severe. This tragedy in Derna serves as a somber reminder of the need for global cooperation in mitigating climate change and building resilience in vulnerable regions.

Libya, already grappling with political and security challenges, now faces an additional and overwhelming crisis. The international community’s response will be critical in providing support to the affected population and assisting Libya in its efforts to recover from this catastrophic event.

As the search for survivors continues and the full extent of the damage becomes clearer, the world watches in solidarity with the people of Derna and Libya as they confront this unprecedented tragedy and work towards rebuilding their lives and communities in the wake of one of the deadliest natural disasters in recent memory.

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