Thousands Lost in Libya Flood, Investigation Underway

In the aftermath of a devastating flood in Libya that claimed thousands of lives, the country’s top prosecutor is launching an investigation into the collapse of two dams in Derna. The probe will scrutinize local authorities, past governments, and the allocation of dam maintenance funds. The General Prosecutor, al-Sediq al-Sour, assured citizens that those responsible for mistakes or negligence will face legal action. Rescue teams continue to search for bodies in the stricken city, with the death toll rising to 11,300. Another 10,100 individuals are reported missing, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Different estimates are provided by officials in the east and west of the divided country. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 3,958 bodies have been recovered and identified, with 9,000 more still missing. The flooding in Derna on Sunday night carried away entire families, revealing vulnerabilities in a nation grappling with long-standing conflict. Emergency workers are working tirelessly to find survivors amidst the destruction. Access to Derna remains challenging due to damaged infrastructure, leaving at least 30,000 people homeless. The UN has called for the establishment of a sea corridor for emergency relief and evacuations. The UN’s World Meteorological Organisation chief emphasized the importance of timely warnings and effective emergency management systems in a country scarred by war.

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