Poor global and domestic governance made a foreseeable and preventable disaster in Derna a catastrophe.
Two weeks after the Libyan city of Derna was struck by a devastating flood, aid workers and volunteers have begun to pack up their bags.
Rescue teams continue search operations in the sea for survivors of the 10 September floods in eastern Libya, according to officials, Anadolu Agency reports.
Libya’s Presidential Council said on Sunday that the lack of a “unified crisis management system” in the country has disrupted international aid efforts related to the flood disaster that struck the east of the country on 10 September.
Libya’s attorney general has announced the arrest of the mayor of Derna and the launch of investigations into 16 other officials after devastating floods levelled the city.
Nearly two weeks after a flash flood devastated the Libyan port city of Derna, the official death toll keeps rising, passing 3,800 on Saturday.
The Head of the Presidential Council, Mohamed Menfi, said that the flood disaster that struck eastern Libya is greater than the capabilities of the country, which has been exhausted by external interference and political division.
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 …
Libya has been left reeling from the aftermath of Storm Daniel, a hurricane-strength storm that hit the central and eastern Mediterranean over a week ago.
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.