The city of Derna in Libya was the big (and terrible) protagonist after the passage of Cyclone Daniel in the country, which left at least 6,000 dead and thousands missing. Up to 30,000 people had to be displaced due to the floods recorded this Monday.
This has been highlighted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). “Derna is the most affected city” by “Daniel”, this triggered heavy rains that caused the failure of two dams and the subsequent flooding of key parts of the city, located on the coast of the Mediterranean. “The bridges over the Derna River that connect the eastern part with the western part have collapsed,” said the organization, noting that “a large number of migrants lived in low-lying areas in the areas adjacent to the valley, which Fears of flooding have destroyed many of their homes. However, it is believed the numbers could be higher.
Storm “Daniel” hit the east of the country – which has been split into two parallel governments since the beginning of 2022 due to a serious political crisis – after devastating damage was wreaked last week in Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey, where around thirty deaths were confirmed.
US President Joe Biden announced this “In this complicated situation, the United States is sending emergency funds to relief organizations and coordinating with Libyan authorities and the United Nations to provide additional support.” “We join the Libyan people in mourning the loss of too many lives and sending our hope to all missing loved ones,” said a statement from the White House, also signed by First Lady Jill Biden. Other leaders did it too.