Libya’s Prosecutor General (PG), Al-Siddiq Al-Sour, on 15 September toured the flood devastated Derna, five days after it was struck by Storm Daniel, resulting in the killing, injuring and displacing of tens of thousands of people and washing away at least one quarter of the city into the sea.
Poor global and domestic governance made a foreseeable and preventable disaster in Derna a catastrophe.
In the wake of the devastating dam collapse in Derna, attention has shifted towards the role of eastern Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar and his kin.
Libyan militia leader Khalifa Haftar arrived in Moscow on Tuesday, amid the chaos caused by Storm Daniel, which claimed thousands of lives in areas under the warlord’s control.
The spokesman for Haftar’s forces Ahmed Al-Mismari has announced that the number of victims of Storm Daniel in Derna reached 4,029.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, called on Khalifa Haftar to grant full access to UN agencies and aid organizations working to alleviate the suffering of affected people in the storm-hit areas.
Khalifa Hafter’s Libyan Arab Armed Forces (formerly called the Libyan National Army – LNA), an armed group in control of eastern Libya, must immediately lift all undue restrictions imposed on journalists and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to affected communities in the flood-ravaged city of Derna, Amnesty International said …
On 11 September, just as Storm Daniel was beginning to wreak havoc on Libyan shores, Elseddik Haftar was in Paris soft-launching a presidential bid.
Last week, Storm Daniel pounded Libya, wreaking havoc on the eastern city of Derna, where two neglected, ageing dams gave way upstream, unleashing an estimated 30 million cubic metres (8 billion gallons) of water, and obliterating entire neighbourhoods of the city, home to around 100,000 people.
The Libyan Crime Watch and Human Rights Defender called for immediate disclosure of the conditions of inmates in Garnada Prison after Storm Daniel. They also urged for the provision of immediate aid to those affected.