Death toll of Libya floods expected to soar: Red Cross
The floods in eastern Libya resulted in a staggering loss of life and left thousands missing, prompting the Red Cross to warn that the death toll could reach thousands.
The death toll from the devastating floods in eastern Libya is expected to soar dramatically, with thousands of people reported missing, AFP reported citing the Red Cross.
"The death toll is huge and might reach thousands," said Tamer Ramadan of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
"We confirm from our independent sources of information that the number of missing people is hitting 10,000 persons so far."
Earlier today, the spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA), Maj. Gen. Ahmed Al-Mismari told Sputnik that five to six thousand are missing in eastern Libya as a result of the heavy floods from Storm Daniel.
Libyan media reported that the rains from Storm Daniel caused high water in multiple cities in eastern Libya, such as al-Bayda and Derna while air and sea ports were closed as a result and curfews have been imposed in the flood-affected cities.
The cities of Susah and Derna have been declared natural disaster zones as well.
Libyan Health Ministry spokesperson Malek Marsit also told Al Mayadeen that the death toll resulting from Storm Daniel is difficult to tell before all rescue efforts are completed.