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Tragedy strikes as storm ravages Eastern Libya: Death toll expected to rise

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Derna, Libya – Eastern Libya is grappling with an unfolding tragedy as the aftermath of a devastating storm has left neighborhoods inundated and bodies washing ashore. Thousands are confirmed dead, with fears that the death toll may swell significantly as many more remain missing in the wake of the catastrophe.

The coastal city of Derna, located in eastern Libya, bore the brunt of the storm’s fury, with entire neighborhoods swept out to sea by torrential floods. The destruction left in its wake is nothing short of catastrophic, as swathes of the city were obliterated, and multi-storey buildings were torn away with families trapped inside.

In the aftermath of this natural disaster, the sea continues to deposit the bodies of victims along the coastline, intensifying the already heart-wrenching scene. The Minister of Civil Aviation for the administration governing eastern Libya reported, “The sea is constantly dumping dozens of bodies.”

The confirmed death toll stands at over 5,300 at present, marking a staggering loss of life. However, the situation remains dire, as it is anticipated that the number of casualties will increase significantly. The true extent of the disaster may not be known for some time, as the number of missing individuals is in the thousands.

The enormity of this tragedy has overwhelmed the affected region, and the focus is now on search and rescue efforts, as well as providing support and assistance to survivors. International aid organizations are mobilizing to provide aid and relief to those impacted by the disaster.

The Libyan government, along with local authorities and humanitarian organizations, is working tirelessly to coordinate rescue missions and provide assistance to those in need. The devastation in Derna serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerability of coastal communities to extreme weather events and the urgent need for disaster preparedness and mitigation measures.

As the recovery and relief efforts continue in eastern Libya, the global community watches with sympathy and solidarity. The tragedy in Derna underscores the importance of international cooperation in responding to natural disasters and the collective responsibility to support affected regions in their time of need.

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