Libya Floods 10,000 people and over 2,000 Dead The deadly storm comes in a year of unprecedented climate disaster and record-breaking extreme weather, from devastating wildfires to sweltering temperatures.
Just as global ocean temperatures are rising rapidly due to pollution from global warming, Mediterranean temperatures are well above average, which scientists say exacerbated the storm’s heavy rainfall. Carsten Haustein, a climate scientist and meteorologist at the University of Leipzig in Germany, told the Science Media Center: “Warmer water will not only increase rainfall intensity, but also make storms stronger.”
The rain, which swept through several towns in northeastern Libya, was triggered by a very strong low-pressure system that caused catastrophic flooding in Greece last week and flowed into the Mediterranean Sea before developing into a tropical cyclone dubbed a “hurricane”. medicine. Storm Daniel brought heavy rain to northeastern Libya, causing two dams to collapse and water to flood already flooded areas, killing at least 2,000 people and leaving 10,000 missing.
Tamer Ramadan, head of the delegation of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Libya, gave information to reporters in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday, revealing the number of missing persons. “The death toll is huge,” she said.
Othman Abduljalil, the health minister of Libya’s eastern government, told Libyan Almasar TV that as many as 6,000 people were missing in Derna, the hardest-hit eastern city. He called the situation “catastrophic” during a visit to the city on Monday.
Entire neighbourhoods in the city are believed to have been washed away, according to authorities. LNA spokesman Mismari said the floods affected several cities, including Baidu, Maji, Tobruk, Tarknis, Bayad and Batu, as well as the east coast as far as Benghazi.
Emergency and Ambulance Service spokesman Osama Aly said Derna’s hospitals are no longer operating and morgues are full. The body was left on the sidewalk outside the morgue, he told CNN.
“There is no first-party preparation. Work is currently underway to collect the rotting corpses. ” said Anas Barghati, a doctor currently working as a volunteer in Derna.
Two dams collapsed as floods surged toward Derna, causing catastrophic damage, authorities said Tuesday. “Three bridges were destroyed. Whole communities were swept away by the water and eventually swept into the sea,” LNA spokesman Ahmed Mismari said. Emergency and Ambulance Service spokesman Ali said houses in the valley were swept away by strong mudflows that carried vehicles and debris.
Ali told CNN that the city’s phone lines were down, hampering rescue efforts, and crews were unable to enter Dern due to severe damage. Ali said authorities did not anticipate the extent of the disaster.
“Weather conditions were not well studied, sea level and precipitation (were not studied), wind speed, not evacuating homes that might be in the path of the storm and in the valleys,” he said. “Libya is not ready for such a disaster. It has never seen such a disaster before. We are aware that there are shortcomings, although this is the first time we have faced a disaster of this magnitude. Ali told Al Hurra channel.
The storm is certainly one of the deadliest ever recorded in North Africa. According to the Libyan National News Agency (LANA), the head of the eastern government, Hamad, has announced that Libya is facing an “unprecedented” situation.
The September floods in Libya are the second worst in North Africa in more than a century
The last major flooding in Libya occurred in 2019, when four people died and tens of thousands were affected. But this time the scale is unprecedented for the country.
10 biggest floods in North Africa since 1900
Iran has announced that it is ready to send medical aid to Libya
Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi said Tehran was ready to send medical and pharmaceutical aid to Libya in response to the latest deadly floods. Lacey also expressed support and condolences to the Libyan people in a letter to the Libyan Prime Minister.
Earlier, Iran’s foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdullayan also expressed Iran’s solidarity with Libya. The Iranian Red Crescent Society also said it was ready to provide humanitarian aid to the victims.
UNICEF is sending medical supplies and clothing to Libya
UNICEF says it is preparing to respond to the needs of families and children after the floods in Libya. “In response to the #Hurricane_Daniel crisis in #East_Libya, UNICEF has sent items including hygiene kits and vital medical supplies to 10,000 people and provided 500 children with basic clothing,” the UN children’s agency said (formerly on Twitter). .
“UNICEF Libya is committed to providing emergency assistance to the people of the east and is ready to do more,” the statement said. American envoy: Libyan Americans ask for help in country.
The US Embassy in Tripoli has issued an official statement of humanitarian needs in response to the devastating floods in Libya, US Special Envoy to Libya Richard Noland said.
“We are working with UN partners and the Libyan authorities to assess how best to target official US assistance,” he said in an embassy post on X, formerly Twitter. “Additionally, many Libyan Americans have contacted us to make private donations for relief efforts, and we will work with the Libyan authorities to direct these resources to where they are most needed,” he added.
Erdogan says Turkey will support the Libyan people
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara will continue to help the Libyan people cope with the devastating disaster that has hit the country.
“Just as we spared the Libyan people until today, we will do everything we can to support our brothers and sisters in these difficult days,” the statement was quoted by state media. Turkey’s president expresses support for Ankara’s assistance to flood victims
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed support and solidarity with Libya after the deadly floods.
“May God have mercy on the brothers who lost their lives in the floods in Libya. I wish the injured a speedy recovery. Erdogan said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.
He said Turkey sent three planes carrying 168 rescue workers, two search and rescue vehicles and two rescue boats to Benghazi this morning. Turkey will also deliver 170 tents, 600 blankets, 400 food boxes, 20 generators, 1,000 raincoats, 500 pairs of boots and 500 flashlights to Libya as part of the aid plan, he added
Egypt’s Sisi announced that troops would be sent to Libya
Egyptian President Abdelfattah el-Sisi has summoned military leaders to agree on emergency aid to Libya. In televised comments, he said the military would deploy equipment and personnel to help affected communities in coordination with parts of eastern Libya.