The spokesman for the High Committee for Emergency and Rapid Response of the government designated by the House of Representatives (HoR), Mohammed El Jarih, has announced that 3,868 people have been officially registered as deaths caused by floods, saying in a press conference that this number is likely to increase.
El Jarih said 23 bodies had been recovered in Derna on Sunday, as eight international relief teams were still working on the ground in Derna, including the teams from Egypt, Turkey, Algeria, United Arab Emirates, France, Russia, Italy and the European Union.
“16 municipalities in eastern Libya suffered different degrees of damage because of the floods. 22 schools were completely damaged, and 43 others were partially affected. Field hospitals are still receiving cases, as the psychological support committee continued to organize its response plans in DErna and other storm-hit areas.” El Jarih said.
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.