Thousands dead as fatal storm hits Libya

Fatal storm has claimed 3,000 people with over 10,000 others feared missing in the northeastern part of Libya, a development which was said to be fallout of collapsed of two dams, which spread across the affected cities.

Penpushing reports that the Tamer Ramadan, Head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) delegation in Libya, Tamer Ramadan was quoted saying that the storm Daniel occurred on Monday.

The Head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on Tuesday said the city of Derna was the most affected so far, stressing that the death toll is huge and around 10,000 are reported missing.

Penpushing further reports that Health Minister in Libya’s Eastern Parliament-backed Government, Othman Abduljalil, was quoted as telling Libya’s Almasar TV that 6,000 people are missing from the eastern city of Derna alone.

The Minister described Derna as a ghost town noting that bodies were lying around and families still stuck, while Mahmoud Iftessi from the Libyan Economic and Social Board added that a lack of maintenance led to the collapse of the dams.

‘These two dams exploded. As far as urban planning, people were building homes along the river. We have been through mass chaos for 50 years, so that’s the problem. The disaster is beyond the capacity of the Libyan infrastructure. If there is any other word more severe than disaster – we can call it that,” he added.

Penpushing also reports that sources disclosed that roads leading to Derna have become impassable as a result of the storm and as such aid cannot reach the city, while some affected areas are already getting help.

The Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has convened his military commanders to arrange urgent assistance to Libya and the country would deploy equipment and personnel in coordination with eastern Libyan forces to help affected communities.

Penpushing reports that Turkey’s Defence Ministry said in a statement said a plane carrying search and rescue teams and survival supplies from Turkey to Libya had earlier arrived in Libya, assuring that the ministry will continue to deliver search and rescue teams and aid materials to Libya, a friendly and brotherly country.

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