Estimates of Derna floods’ victims reach thousands and government announces restoring electricity in parts of the city

The estimates of death tolls in the city of Derna according to rescue authorities in the east of the country have reached thousands, with many more missing, as rescue and search efforts continue in the storm-struck city.

The city of Derna suffered the most from Storm Daniel, due to the overflooding of the city’s dam which collapsed following unprecedented levels of rainfall gathered in the dam’s basin, and eventually caused a catastrophic overflow in the city center leading to the demolishment of entire neighborhoods.  

The Emergency and Ambulance Corp stated that the initial toll for the victims of the floods caused by Storm Daniel in Derna is approximately 2300 fatalities and more than 5,000 missing. Estimates by other officials in the eastern region exceed even those numbers.

In its efforts to accelerate the relief process in the city, the Government of National Unity (GNU) announced the beginning of the restoration of electricity to some parts of Derna. Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah stated “The Electricity Company has managed to restore power to the western and eastern Sheeha areas in Derna.”

Dbeibah added that the maintenance teams have successfully operated a 220 transformer in the Al-Qubbah area, and work is ongoing to repair faults at the stations and damaged lines.

Prime Minister Dbeibah refused to give any estimates regarding death tolls before receiving confirmation regarding the correct figures from the relevant institutions.

Meanwhile, the United Nations ٍecurity Council initiated its session on Tuesday with a minute of silence mourning the victims of the earthquake in Morocco and the floods in Libya.


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