Storm Daniel ravages eastern Libya

Since the arrival of Storm Daniel in eastern and northeastern Libya in the early hours of Saturday, several people have died, others injured and lots of properties have gotten damaged, with rainwater ravaging towns in Benghazi, Al-Bayda, Jabal Al-Akhdar, Derna and other nearby areas.

The Libyan Government of National Unity declared on Sunday the region hit by Storm Daniel a disaster area, urging all relevant authorities and relief apparatuses to take all needed measures to alleviate the impact of the rainwater, winds and thunderstorms on the people.

In Al-Bayda city, the Head of Al-Bayda’s medical center, Abdulrahim Maziq, said they had registered 20 deaths (six in Al-Bayda, seven in shahat and seven in Gandoula) due to the torrents of rainwater and strong winds that ransacked parts of the city.

The Mayor os Soussa, Wael Ebreik, has told Libya Alahrar TV that seven people have died – including three women – and 15 others are wounded due to the floods in the town, explaining that there are over 30 persons that have been reported missing and the search and rescue teams are doing their best to respond to the disaster.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said it was closely following the emergency caused by severe weather conditions in the eastern region of the country, expressing its heartfelt condolences to the families of those who had lost their lives and solidarity with all people affected by Storm Daniel.


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