The death toll in the city of Derna reached 11,300 people

Entire areas of the city of Derna, home to at least 120,000 people, were razed to the ground.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on September 16 that at least 11,300 people had been killed in Libya and another 10,100 were missing in the coastal city of Derna, Reuters reported.

An estimated 170 people died in floods elsewhere in the country and more than 40,000 people were forced to leave their homes, the UN report said, citing the latest data from the International Organization for Migration. These numbers are expected to rise as search and rescue operations continue to search for survivors.

Entire neighborhoods of Derna with a population of at least 120,000 people were leveled or buried in mud. State media reported that at least 891 buildings were destroyed in the city on Sunday and the city’s mayor said 20,000 people may have died.

Rescuers continue to recover people from under the rubble, so local authorities cannot provide a specific number of missing people.

“There are no concrete figures for missing people because entire families have died and no one has come to report them, plus there are duplicate registrations in various hospitals,” said Al-Fakhri, office manager of the Health Minister Hospital in the East.

The floods have swept away landmines and other munitions left over from years of conflict, posing additional risks to thousands of displaced people. People don’t know what to do next.

“We still don’t know anything, we hear rumors, some try to reassure us, others say we have to leave the city or stay here. We have no water and no resources,” said a resident of the city of Derna.

Recall that on September 12, it was reported that Cyclone Daniel hit northeastern Libya on September 10, bringing stormy winds and showers with thunderstorms to cities on the Mediterranean coast. Many residential buildings, hospitals and infrastructure were flooded. The worst affected was the city of Derna, where two dams were destroyed and a catastrophic situation developed.


DevanCole is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. DevanCole joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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