Derna residents have gathered outside the now-destructed Al-Sahaba Mosque and called on the Attorney General to initiate an investigation into the disaster that hit their city. They also called for the overthrow of the current House of Representatives (HoR).
The residents called in a statement on the Attorney General to take actual measures to start the reconstruction process and compensations for the families that suffered the damage of the ravaging Storm Daniel and ensuing floods.
“We call for appointing international companies for the process of reconstruction and compensation.” The statement of Derna residents added, urging for holding their city’s municipality and stability committee accountable and investigating the usage of the budgets allocated to the city.
Derna residents also called for appointing a new municipality staff that is qualified and efficient from the locals of the city. They also demanded the holding of an international conference on the rebuilding of Derna under the auspices of the United Nations and European Union.
Storm Daniel and ensuing floods hit eastern coastal cities, especially Derna, Al-Bayda and Al-Marj, on September 10 and 11. Two dams collapsed in Derna valley – an area locally known as Wadi Derna -, washing away entire neighborhoods and killing a number of entire families. The flood torrent obliterated around a quarter or the Mediterranean city of Derna.
Conflicting reports are still being published regarding the death toll of Strom Daniel in eastern Libya in general and in Derna in particular. Estimates, especially through the statement of the Health Minister of the east-based government, Othman Abduljalil, said the official records in eastern Libya had registered 3,166 deaths up until September 15.