Scattered corpses… demolished houses… no signs of life… This is the situation in the Libyan city of Derna. It seemed like a ghost town, as the area was devoid of its residents, and shops and houses appeared destroyed after Storm Daniel turned most of them into rubble and devoured entire neighborhoods, with their citizens, as a result of the floods that It was ravaged by the Mediterranean hurricane that struck the country at dawn on Sunday.
While the Presidential Council in Libya declared Shahat and Al-Bayda in Cyrenaica in the east as disaster areas, the Minister of Civil Aviation in the Libyan government appointed by Parliament and a member of the Emergency Committee, Hisham Shekiwat, revealed the disappearance of 25% of the city of Derna after Hurricane Daniel, describing the matter as “catastrophic.”
The Ambulance and Emergency Service considered counting the numbers of those injured and killed as a result of the floods impossible, and rescue operations in Derna were difficult due to the rugged roads.
The Libyan Minister of Health in the parliament-designated government, Othman Abdel Jalil, announced that 3,000 people were killed due to Hurricane Daniel, expecting the number to rise to 10,000, according to the Libyan Al-Massar channel, which confirmed in his own words that “the number of missing people is in the thousands, and the number is expected to reach 10,000.” The missing number is about 100,000 people.” Stressing that “the situation in the city of Derna is becoming more tragic, and there are no final statistics on the number of victims.”