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Rescuers and relatives sit in front of collapsed buildings after recent flooding caused by Mediterranean storm Daniel, in Derna, Libya, Monday, Sept. 18, 2023. Derna flood survivor Abdul Salam Anwisi said he woke up at one-thirty in the morning to a loud scream from outside, to find his neighbours' homes flooded with water. He, his sons and other neighbours rushed to rescue the stranded families by pulling them from the roof of their house.(AP Photo/Muhammad J. Elalwany)

Libya Suffers Major Damage From Floods

By Alondra Mejia-Rendon

CHATTANOOGA (– The collapse of two dams left a devastating flood and thousands of people are missing.

Intense rainfall caused by the Mediterranean storm Daniel caused extreme flooding across eastern Libya last weekend.

The floods overwhelmed two dams, unleashing a wall of water. This water was several meters high and surged through the heart if Derna, destroying entire residential areas and carrying individuals out to the ocean.

More than 10,000 people are still missing and presumed dead following a disaster that has already claimed 11,000 lives.

The aftermath after the collapsed dam and heavy rain. Source: AP Newsroom

The searchers have been looking for the bodies for the past six days and continue to search for any possible survivors and bodies.

The searchers rescuing a woman and her dog. Source: AP Newsroom

Libya’s General Prosecutor, al-Sediq al-Sour, said that prosecutors would investigate the collapse of the two dams, which were built in the 1970s, as well as the allocation of maintenance funds.

“I reassure citizens that whoever made mistakes or negligence, prosecutors will certainly take firm measures, file a criminal case against him and send him to trail,” al Sed-q al-Sour states.

Another issue that seems to be arising is the waterborne illnesses. Most of the water supply is contaminated and can pose as a risk for the citizens of Libya.

Libya’s number one priority is ensuring everyone’s safety and wellbeing.

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