27 people killed in floods caused by Storm Daniel in Libya
The head of Libya’s Tripoli-based unity government, Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, on Monday declared three days of national mourning for the victims of deadly floods that ravaged the North African country.
Speaking during a cabinet meeting in Tripoli, Dbeibeh said flags will be flown at half-staff on all public buildings during the mourning period.
“We are continuing to take the necessary measures to provide relief to those affected,” Dbeibeh said, calling on all officials and ministers to review the situation in the eastern region.
“The current divisive situation will not prevent us from helping the affected villages and regions,” he added.
Storm Daniel swept several areas in eastern Libya on Sunday, most notably the cities of Benghazi, Bayda, and Al Marj, as well as Soussa and Derna, according to an Anadolu reporter.
At least 27 people have been killed in the floods caused by the storm, according to authorities.
“The death toll is likely to increase as around 50 people have been reported missing in a number of cities,” Health Minister of East Libya-based government Othman Abdaljalil told Anadolu.
“Health authorities have mobilized all resources to provide help to areas hit by the floods,” he added.
Early Monday, Dbeibeh declared areas exposed to floods as “disaster zones”.
Libyan authorities have already declared a state of emergency, which included suspending classes in all public and private educational institutions and closing shops.