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Authorities in eastern Libya fear that thousands of people have died after Cyclone Daniel

Cyclone Daniel, which has hit the northeastern part of Libya since yesterday, has caused great destruction in the city of Derna and others on the Mediterranean coast of the African country, where thousands of people are missing and it is feared that many could have died.

The head of the parallel government of the east, Osama Hammad, has declared that more than 2,000 people have died and thousands more are missing in Derna, where the water has devastated entire neighborhoods and has been declared a catastrophic area by the Executive of this part of the country. confronted with the Government of National Unity (GUN) of Tripoli.

“There are thousands of missing people, entire neighborhoods have disappeared along with their residents carried away by a sea,” Hammad said, according to Agencia EFE.

After the cyclone passed, Derna cannot be accessed and local media report that the situation is dramatic in that town, without electricity or communications, according to the AP news agency.

At least 23 people have died in the town of Shahat, the director of the local hospital, Abdulrahim Maziq, told EFE. “It is very likely that the total number of victims exceeds one hundred due to the large number of emergency calls received about missing people,” Maziq added. Another seven people died in Susa, according to a medical source at the hospital in this city.

The Prime Minister of the GUN, Abdulhamid Dbeiba, has promised that the State will compensate all those affected by the floods and has declared three days of mourning for the victims, starting this Monday. Although this Executive does not govern the east of the country, it is the one who controls the Central Bank and can distribute funds.

At the same time, it has announced the sending to Derna of fifty ambulances and a team of 75 doctors and nurses, as well as a convoy to reinforce rural hospitals.

For its part, the UN humanitarian coordinator in LibyaGeorgette Gagnon, has announced that “an emergency response team is being prepared to support local authorities and (United Nations) partners in the region.”

The UN International Organization for Migration has said that the cyclone has caused the displacement of more than 2,000 Libyan citizens and 35 migrants, and has reported that those already displaced and residing in the city of Benghazi have been housed in schools.

Meanwhile, the Libyan Red Crescent has shown on its X account (formerly Twitter) images of the “enormous destruction” caused by the flooding caused by Daniel in buildings and roads, and the flooding of residential areas.

The head of the Red Crescent in the city of Benghazi, the main city in eastern Libya, told the Reuters news agency that the organization has recorded 150 deaths after the collapse of buildings in Derna, but that he predicts that the number of deaths could rise to 250. That organization has not offered data on victims in other locations also affected by Daniel.

With the passage of the cyclone, Libya recorded rainfall of more than 400 millimeters, an amount that had not been recorded in 40 years, and winds of up to 180 kilometers per hour.

After hitting Greece and Turkey in recent days, Cyclone Daniel was downgraded to a subtropical storm on September 9 and is expected to weaken in the Maghreb country starting this Monday as it heads towards neighboring Egypt, according to a report from the Center Arab Regional Meteorological.

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