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Over 20,000 dead; Storm Daniel forces people onto streets

Tripoli: According to reports, the death toll from dams bursting after the flood in Libya will exceed 20,000. It has been revealed that the death toll in Derna city has surpassed 5,300. But the mayor of Derna said the death toll could be as high as 18,000 to 20,000 based on the number of districts affected by the floods.

So far, 3,190 people’s bodies have been cremated. There are 400 foreigners among them. Most people are from Egypt and Sudan. Dead bodies are buried in groups. Many bodies could not be identified.

Derna was the hardest hit by the flood. The collapse of two dams in the mountains above the city added to the disaster. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced, and at least 34,000 have been made homeless. Rescue workers from Turkey and Egypt have arrived to assist. However, washed-out roads make rescue operations difficult.
There is no water, electricity, or petrol available in the city. Internet access has yet to be fully restored. Floods also severely affected the eastern cities of Benghazi, Sousse, and Al Marj. Storm Daniel, which flooded Greece last week, wreaked havoc in Libya.

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