In what is being described as one of the deadliest natural disasters in recent history, over 2,300 people have lost their lives due to devastating floods in Derna, a city in eastern Libya. According to emergency services, the catastrophic event has also left more than 5,000 people missing.
The calamity was triggered by heavy rains that led to widespread flooding, causing significant damage throughout the city and surrounding areas. Reports from various sources indicate that the floodwaters swept away homes, businesses, and infrastructure, leaving thousands homeless and many still unaccounted for.
Authorities in the region have been working tirelessly to rescue survivors and provide aid to those affected. However, the scale of the disaster has overwhelmed local resources, prompting calls for international assistance.
"The situation is dire," said a spokesperson from the emergency services. "We are doing our best to reach those affected, but the extent of the damage and the number of people impacted is beyond our current capabilities."
The death toll continues to rise as rescue workers sift through the wreckage in search of survivors. The city of Derna, which bore the brunt of the floods, has already buried 700 victims, according to AP News. The New York Times reports that the destruction was even felt in Benghazi, situated more than 180 miles from Derna.
This disaster marks a tragic period for Libya, a nation already grappling with political instability and economic challenges. The floods have further exacerbated the hardships faced by the Libyan people, with thousands now displaced and in desperate need of basic necessities like food, water, and shelter.
International aid agencies, including the Red Cross, have termed the situation as 'huge', indicating the enormity of the disaster. The organization has reported that around 10,000 people are missing in the aftermath of the storm floods.
As the Libyan authorities continue their rescue and recovery efforts, the international community is urged to extend support to help the beleaguered nation navigate this catastrophic event.