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Flood killed 5000 at Libya

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Thousands of people died and at least 10,000 were missing in Libya flood disaster caused by a huge Mediterranean storm bursting dams, swepting away buildings and a quarter of the eastern coastal city of Derna. .

After the incident the local administration and the Red Cross said 10,000 people were feared to be missing across the country in floods on Tuesday

A wide torrent was seen running through Derna’s city ruining buildings on either side

Around 1,000 bodies had already been recovered in Derna, Reuters journalist witnessed overturned vehicles , knocked trees , and flooded house on the roads je shared “I returned from Derna. It is very disastrous. Bodies are lying everywhere – in the sea, in the valleys, under the buildings,” . Minister of civil aviation and member of the emergency committee Hichem Abu Chkiouatin had informed Reuters by phone when storm and heavy rainfall hit Shahhat city, Libya.

“The number of bodies recovered in Derna is more 1,000,” he said. “I am not exaggerating when I say that 25% of the city has disappeared. Many, many buildings have collapsed.”

Tamer Ramadan, the head of a delegation of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), addressed reporters in Geneva via video link from Tunisia that“We can confirm from our independent sources of information that the number of missing people is hitting 10,000 so far. ”

A Reuters journalist on the plane said ” The internationally recognised government in Tripoli does not control eastern areas but has dispatched aid to Derna, with at least one relief flight leaving from the western city of Misrata .” The United States and other countries also promised to help .

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