Libya floods toll hits 11 300

CAIRO. –At least 11 300 people have died and another 10 100 are missing from the coastal city of Derna one week after Storm Daniel hit northeastern Libya, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has reported.

An estimated 170 people have been killed as a result of the flooding elsewhere in the country, and more than 40,000 people have been displaced, the UN report said, citing the latest data from International Organisation for Migration. Figures are expected to rise as search-and-rescue efforts continue to look for survivors.

Meanwhile, officials warned yesterday that a disease outbreak in Libya’s northeast could create “a second devastating crisis” as diarrhea spread among those who drank contaminated water.

In a statement, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya said it was particularly concerned about water contamination and the lack of sanitation after two dams collapsed during Mediterranean storm Daniel, sending a wall of water gushing through the eastern city of Derna on September 11. – Agencies

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