Libya storm: Death toll rises to 6,000

The preliminary investigation on the Daniel storm which hit five cities which include Benghazi, Susa, Bayda, Al-Marj and Derna between Sunday and Monday in Libya has so far showed that over 6,000 people have died.

Penpushing reports that the Health Ministry Undersecretary of the Internationally Recognised Government in Libya’s West, Saadeddin Abdul-Wakil added that in same vein thousands of the residents are still missing following the fatal storm.

The official added that findings showed that a statistic for all the areas affected by the floods, indicated that the city of Derna recorded the largest number of casualties and remains the most affected because of its topography (surrounded by mountains); the water level rose as high as 10 feet.

Penpushing further reports that Libya’s rival eastern administration said 5,300 bodies have been counted in Derna alone, stating that the numbers are expected to increase as bodies are constantly being washed ashore.

The international organisations and several countries have pledged support for Libya while some others have sent help already, and in same vein, Islamic Relief will send aid to victims of the flood, committing an initial 100,000 pounds ($124,864) to deliver supplies, including food, blankets and mattresses.

Penpushing also reports that a Non-Governmental Organisation(NGO) in a press statement affirmed that North Africa has suffered two devastating disasters in just a few days following the earthquake in Morocco, where Islamic Relief has sent an emergency response team.

The President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt has directed the establishment of shelter camps in the western coastal region bordering Libya for their impacted Libyan brothers who have lost their homes, while Qatar sent two planes carrying humanitarian aid including equipment for a field hospital, water pumps, tents, and blankets.

Penpushing reports that Turkey’s foreign ministry said it is sending three aircraft to transport a rescue team comprising 168 personnel, two search and rescue vehicles, and two rescue boats and humanitarian aid.

The Italy on its part announced it was sending a team including firefighters, and civil protection officials to Libya, while the United Arab Emirates has sent two aid planes carrying 150 tonnes of urgent food, relief and medical supplies.

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