Devastating flash floods ravage coastal town, leaving death and destruction in their wake

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Tripoli, Libya – (African Boulevard News) – Fears are growing that the death toll in the catastrophic floods that hit Libya is rising. The Mediterranean coastal town of Derna was hit by a colossal flash flood on Sunday evening, leaving witnesses stunned and comparing the deluge to a tsunami. The disaster was triggered after two upstream dams broke under the weight of torrential rains brought by Storm Daniel.

The flash flood caused widespread chaos and destruction in Derna, with reports of houses washed away, roads washed away and entire neighborhoods submerged. As emergency response teams struggle to reach affected areas due to dangerous conditions, concerns are growing over the number of casualties.

According to local authorities, at least 20 people have been confirmed dead following the flooding, and dozens more are missing. However, as search and rescue operations continue in the devastated region, there are fears that the death toll will rise significantly.

“The situation is dire and the risk of further loss of life is very worrying. We are doing everything we can to support affected communities and provide assistance to those in need,” said Ahmed Al-Mabrouk, spokesperson for the Libyan Red Crescent Society.

The government declared a state of emergency in affected areas and mobilized resources to assist in recovery efforts. The military was deployed to assist in the evacuation of stranded residents and to provide essential supplies to those affected.

Residents who were lucky to escape the initial flood are now grappling with the aftermath. Many have lost their homes and belongings and are seeking refuge in makeshift camps set up by humanitarian organizations. As the floodwaters recede, the extent of the damage becomes clear.

Experts say climate change is exacerbating the severity and frequency of extreme weather events, such as the Derna flash flood. With rapid urbanization and inadequate infrastructure, cities like Derna are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of heavy rains.

The tragic events in Derna are a stark reminder of the urgent need to improve disaster preparedness and infrastructure development in Libya. Efforts must be made to strengthen early warning systems, invest in resilient infrastructure and improve emergency response capabilities to mitigate the impact of future disasters.

As the search for survivors continues and affected communities begin the long road to recovery, the international community stands ready to provide assistance and support to the Libyan people during this difficult time. Together, we must work to build a more resilient and sustainable future for all.

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