A major disaster struck northeastern Libya as Storm Daniel brought heavy rains, causing around 3,000 deaths and leaving around 10,000 people missing. Due to the storm two major dams broke, worsening the flooding in already hard-hit areas.
The coastal city of Derna suffered enormous damage, with thousands missing, and is now described as a “ghost town” by the health minister. Bodies remain unrecovered in many places, and some families are still trapped in their flooded homes according to reports.
The flooding has been attributed to a powerful cyclone-like storm, wreaking havoc in the already conflict-ridden Libya. Rescue efforts are complicated by heavy destruction and political divisions in the country.