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Libya Mayor arrested over floods that claimed thousands of lives


In a significant development, the mayor of Derna, a Libyan city left in ruins by a devastating flood, has been arrested in connection with the tragic disaster that claimed thousands of lives in eastern Libya earlier this month.

Abdulmenam al-Ghaithi, along with numerous other officials, now faces charges linked to the catastrophe that unfolded in Derna, casting a grim shadow over the region.

The office of the Attorney General, headquartered in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, made the announcement on Monday, disclosing that the arrested officials were “responsible for managing the country’s dam facilities.” As a result, a criminal case has been initiated against them.

The Attorney General’s office has accused these officials of a range of serious failings, which include mismanaging funds designated for the maintenance of dams that eventually burst, unleashing the devastating floods that submerged Derna.

Furthermore, the office pointed out that the officials displayed gross negligence by failing to implement necessary precautions, ultimately leading to flood-related fatalities and significant economic losses for Libya as a whole.

The flooding disaster that befell Derna earlier this month sent shockwaves throughout the nation, highlighting the urgent need for responsible management of critical infrastructure and resources, particularly in regions prone to natural disasters.

As the legal proceedings unfold, the case against Mayor Abdulmenam al-Ghaithi and the other charged officials will be closely monitored, offering a glimpse into the accountability and transparency of Libya’s governance in the wake of this tragic event.

This incident underscores the importance of effective infrastructure management, disaster preparedness, and the responsibility of public officials to safeguard the lives and well-being of their citizens. The people of Derna and the entire nation will be watching as justice is sought for those affected by this devastating flood.

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