Authorities in eastern Libya stated on Tuesday، 12 September 2023 that Storm Daniel has killed at least 2800 people in Libya’s Derna city following a massive flood ripped through the city.
Ahmed Mismari, the spokesperson for the Libyan National Army (LNA) that controls eastern Libya, said in a televised news conference that the disaster came after dams above Derna had collapsed.
Mismari estimated that the number of missed people reached at least 6,000 people.
Two Red Crescent workers died as they attempted to rescue people from the floodwaters in Derna, according to Libyan sources.
Sources added that Storm Daniel has also hit the cities of Benghazi, Susa, Bayda, and al-Marj.
Footage on social media and broadcast by eastern Libya’s Almostakbal TV showed people stranded on the roofs of their vehicles calling for help and waters washing away cars.
It’s worth noting that getting confirmed news out of Derna is proving to be very difficult as a result of communication lines going down.