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Thousands dead, hope for survivors dwindles

A devastating tsunami-like flood has claimed the lives of more than 5,300 people in the Libyan city of Derna after a dam burst during Storm Daniel. Hisham Chkiouat, a local official, shared the grim reality as he described the sea repeatedly washing bodies ashore.

Rescue efforts continue, with teams navigating collapsed buildings in search of survivors. But as the days pass, hope dwindles and the death toll is expected to rise. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) of the United Nations in Libya revealed alarming figures: about 10,000 missing and about 30,000 displaced.

The sheer magnitude of the disaster has overwhelmed local medical facilities. Doctors are desperately appealing for humanitarian aid, with an emphasis on trained and equipped rescue teams to aid in recovery efforts. The humanitarian medical organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), is ready to send an emergency team to assess the medical requirements in Derna.

The streets of Derna represent a disturbing scene, full of debris, mud and overturned vehicles. Mr. Chkiouat paints a clear picture, describing areas that have been completely wiped off the map.

Johr Ali, a Libyan journalist, shared his heartbreaking communication with a family who survived but lost their entire neighborhood. The aftermath of the flood painted grim stories, such as a woman seen lifeless hanging from street lamps, swept away by the raging waters.

The sports community is also in mourning as the Libyan Football Federation (LFF) confirmed the deaths of elite players including Shaheen Al-Jamil and brothers Saleh and Ayoub Sasi.

In the wake of this catastrophe, although Libya remains politically fragmented, the government in Tripoli has shown solidarity by sending the necessary medical assistance to the affected region.

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