A severe storm caused deadly floods in eastern Libya, leaving behind a path of destruction. In one city, more than 2,000 people lost their lives, and around 5,000 are still missing.
The city of Derna, home to 125,000 people, suffered the most. Bodies are everywhere – in the sea, valleys, and under collapsed buildings. Hichem Abu Chkiouat, the civil aviation minister in the eastern administration, explained that about 25% of the city has vanished, with many buildings crumbling.
Rescue teams are on the ground in Derna, working tirelessly. Heavy rainfall led to the breaking of dams, causing entire neighborhoods to be washed away. The death toll is staggering, possibly reaching thousands. Reports suggest that as many as 10,000 people are missing.
Tragically, three volunteers from the Libyan Red Crescent lost their lives while helping with rescue efforts.
Emergency teams are being mobilized to provide aid, including support from the United Nations.
The European Union, Germany, Italy, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates have pledged assistance. Algeria and Egypt have also expressed condolences.
Libya is a nation divided between rival administrations in the west and east. Derna, the heavily affected city, is in the east. The chaotic situation and divided governance have left many Libyan cities with inadequate infrastructure.
The exact number of casualties remains uncertain, as the government in Tripoli has not yet provided a count.