Flood in Derna: Libya requests international help
A statement from the Libyan Presidential Council stated that three areas in the eastern Cyrenaica province have been declared disaster areas due to flooding.
A ‘state of maximum alert’ has been declared by the National Petrolium Company
A state of maximum alert was declared by the National Petroleum Company, which has its main oilfields and terminals in eastern Libya. Flights between production sites were suspended as a precaution.
The local TV channel Libya Alahrar quoted a Derna city council official, who described the situation as “catastrophic” and in need of “national and international intervention”.
Derna, a city of more than 100,000 people located in a river wadi 900km (559 miles) east of Tripoli, reported the collapse of four main bridges, two buildings, and two dams.
Flood in Derna: Hundreds are feared dead
- In the eastern city of Derna, at least 150 people have been killed by Storm Daniel, according to the Red Crescent in Benghazi.
- It is expected that the death toll will rise after water levels in the city rose to as high as three metres (10 feet).
- Osama Hamad, the prime minister of a self-proclaimed government in eastern Libya, fears that at least 2,000 people have died in Derna.
- There are also affected areas in Benghazi, Susa, Bayda, and al-Marj.
The death toll in Derna has risen to more than 2,000: a military spokesperson
The eastern Libyan military spokesperson said that more than 2,000 people have been killed and 5,000 to 6,000 are missing due to floods in the city of Derna.
At least 2,000 people are feared dead in the city, according to Hamad, the self-proclaimed premier of the east and also death toll cross 2500 in Morocco earthquake.
There is no clear indication of where the number came from so far. A death toll has not yet been released by medical organizations and aid organizations.
Vehicles wash away in heavy floods: Almostakbal TV
Vehicles have been washed away by heavy floods in eastern Libya, according to Almostakbal TV.
As well as showing collapsed roads between Susa and Shahat, which is home to the UNESCO-listed Cyrene archaeological site, the channel broadcast images of a collapsed road between Susa and Shahat.
In affected areas, PM Dbeibah orders ‘relevant agencies’ to assist
“Relevant agencies” have been ordered to assist in search and rescue operations by Tripoli’s Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah.
“I have instructed the Ministry of Health and all relevant agencies to provide assistance as quickly as possible,” Dbeibah said.
A relief convoy will be dispatched to all affected cities. “We will respond with all available resources,” he said.
An official says the situation in Bayda city is out of control
According to Bayda city council member Safieldin Buheiba, the situation is “completely out of control”.
“We regret to inform you that the situation is completely out of control. He urged all government officials to intervene so that “what can be saved” can be saved. People’s lives are in the hands of governments. Security services are requested to provide assistance,” he said.
Several hospitals were forced to evacuate patients and staff because of the storm, Al Jazeera’s Malik Traina reported.
Conflict between rival governments affects infrastructure
In Libya, there have been two rival governments, each backed by foreign governments and militias, for years, which has hindered the country’s development.
The Government of National Unity, led by Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, is based in Tripoli, while a rival self-proclaimed government is based in Benghazi in eastern Libya.
Osama Hamad’s eastern government appears to be responsible for most of the destruction caused by Storm Daniel. In the absence of a functioning government, the war-torn country has suffered shortfalls in development and infrastructure, as well as difficulties cooperating over aid.
Derna ‘bodies floating’ reports
As a result of communications lines going down, getting confirmed news out of Derna has become increasingly difficult. Before communication was cut, Jawher Ali, a journalist from Derna, described the information he gleaned from his contacts there.
From Istanbul, where Ali is based, Ali told Al Jazeera that torrents have not yet stopped. “It has destroyed buildings and invaded the streets of the city. “Many streets in the city were destroyed after the sun rose [on Monday morning].”
Residents have seen dead bodies floating on water, which is so sad that they are powerless to help them. In order to assist the victims, Ali called for international assistance. He explained that they need helicopters that the Libyan authorities cannot provide.
Water sweeps away residents in Derna, official says
On social media and on Almostakbal TV, footage showed people stranded on the roofs of their vehicles calling for help as waters washed them away.
Thousands of people have been reported missing and more than 2,000 have died, according to Almasar TV’s Osama Hamad.
In Derna, entire neighborhoods and their residents have disappeared.
Benghazi and eastern Libya were also affected
Aside from Benghazi, Susa, Bayda, and al-Marj, Storm Daniel has also hit these cities.
Bayda’s main medical center reported at least 12 deaths in the eastern town.
A further seven people have been reported dead in the coastal town of Susa in northeastern Libya, according to the Ambulance and Emergency Authority.
In the towns of Shahatt and Omar al-Mokhtar, seven more people were reported dead.
There was one other death confirmed on Sunday. Walid al-Arfi, spokesperson for the eastern Libyan emergency response agency, said the man was trapped in his car and surrounded by flooding.
A correspondent for AJ says entire neighborhoods have been destroyed
In a report from Tripoli, the Libyan capital, Al Jazeera’s Malik Traina described the geographical setting of Derna, explaining why it may possibly have been so badly affected. “These dams collapsed because it is completely surrounded by mountains,” Traina said.
“According to some experts, more than 30 million cubic metres of water were dumped into the city, and we’re now seeing pictures of entire neighbourhoods destroyed,” he said.
The news reference is ALJAZEERA