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Up to 2,000 dead, 10,000 missing after devastating floods in Libya

Destroyed vehicles and damaged buildings in the eastern city of Benghazi in the wake of the Mediterranean storm "Daniel", Sept. 11, 2023. Press Office of Libyan Prime/AFP via Getty Images

Around 2,000 people have died and 10,000 are believed missing after Storm Daniel dumped so much rain on Libya’s northeast that two dams collapsed sending water flowing into already inundated areas, according to an official from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

“We can confirm from our independent sources of information that the number of missing people is hitting 10,000 so far,” said Tamer Ramadan, the head of the IFRC delegation in Libya.

Widespread flooding and mudslides caused by torrential rain have destroyed many roads and homes.

The worst-affected place is the port of Derna, much of which is under water after two dams and four bridges collapsed.

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“The death toll is huge and might reach thousands,” added Ramadan.

The IFRC could soon launch an appeal for emergency funding to support Libya’s flood victims.

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