Floods-hit region in Libya to see winds, rainfall this week

The spokesman for the National Meteorological Center in Libya, Mohyeldeen Ramadan, said there would be some expected heavy rainfall and a drop in temperature in the northeastern region – Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar – making it a low-pressure area, just about two weeks since the region had been ravaged by Storm Daniel and ensuing floods from the bursting of two dams in Derna.

Ramadan told Libya Alahrar TV channel on Monday that the rainfall and low temperature would impact the northeastern region, expecting the rain to pass through Misrata in the west.

“Temperature degrees will vary between 27 and 30 Celsius with some cool winds at night in the coastal cities. The south will see a drop in temperature by 3 to 4 degrees Celsius. The sea will be rough with high strong waves (upt two 1.5 meters high) in the eastern coast.” Ramadan added.

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, leaving thousands dead and missing.

The spokesman for the High Committee for Emergency and Rapid Response of the government designated by the House of Representatives (HoR), Mohammed El Jarih, announced on September 24 that 3,868 people had been officially registered as deaths caused by floods, saying in a press conference that this number would likely increase.


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