Libya storm Daniel reaches death toll of 25, two people missing
A state of extreme emergency is declared by the government, as schools and stores remain closed and a curfew remains imposed.
Medical sources confirmed on Monday that the death toll as a result of storm Daniel hitting eastern Libya has reached 25, as government sources add that two people are missing and houses are left damaged, Reuters reported.
People were shown to be stranded on the roofs of vehicles, in social media footage, as they sought help in the heavy floods that hit the cities of Benghazi, Sousse, Al Bayda, Al-Marj, and Derna.
A state of extreme emergency was declared by the government, as schools and stores were closed and a curfew was imposed.
The situation is very bad in the city of Shahat, eastern Libya pic.twitter.com/OD3s7qrSRJ— Mahmud Mohammed (@MahmudM27830556) September 10, 2023
Two oil engineers revealed to Reuters that four major oil ports including Ras Lanuf, Zueitina, Brega, and Es Sidra were closed for three days as of Saturday.
On Sunday, the prime minister of the interim government in Tripoli, Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, stated that he issued orders to all state agencies to "immediately deal" with the damage.
The United Nations in Libya claimed that it would "provide urgent relief assistance in support of response efforts at local and national levels".