Floods in Libya: a massacre in Derna and fears of 20,000 deaths. UNICEF: 300 thousand children affected – Europe

Floods in Libya: a massacre in Derna and fears of 20,000 deaths.  UNICEF: 300 thousand children affected – Europe

“Nearly 300,000 children have been affected by terrible floods in Libya.” This was stated by Andrea Iacomini, spokesperson for UNICEF Italy. Meanwhile, the United Nations warned of the danger of diseases caused by polluted water in the Libyan city of Derna, after floods that destroyed the city. Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: The water well system was contaminated. “People need to drink, and if they start drinking contaminated water, we could see a secondary wave of illness and even death if we can’t stop that,” he says.

The death toll from devastating floods in eastern Libya has risen to at least 5,500 dead and 7,000 injured, according to emergency services in Tripoli. Spokesman Osama Ali said that it was not yet possible to determine the final number of victims, as bodies were still being recovered from the affected areas. According to the latest estimates, the number of missing people reaches about 10,000 people. There are about 30 thousand displaced people.

It is endless carnage in the devastated coastal city of Derna in Libya, where there could be as many as 20,000 deaths. Storm Daniel, which struck the northern coast of Libya on Saturday evening. Compared to the 10,000 casualties announced by official humanitarian agencies such as the Libyan Red Crescent, the dramatic new estimate of 20,000 deaths comes from the director of Al Bayda Medical Centre, Abdel Rahim Madi, quoted by The Guardian, while international aid is just getting started and little is left to arrive. To the site, the number of confirmed deaths so far due to the Derna floods has reached 3,800, local authorities announced.

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The sea continues to bring back the bodies of victims to the streets, but it will take some time to confirm the official tally. The devastation is worse than initially feared. “The sea is constantly throwing dozens of bodies,” Hisham Abu Shekiwat, Minister of Civil Aviation in the administration that governs eastern Libya, said, according to the British newspaper, adding that reconstruction would cost billions of dollars. Meanwhile, according to the International Organization for Migration, at least 30,000 people have been displaced in Derna.

Aid from Italy

Italy mobilized its efforts to help Libya. Two Air Force C130 J aircraft departed Pisa Military Airport on three flights that will host the transport of fire brigade personnel In particular, water risk experts with relevant support equipment and basic logistics materials. The Navy ship San Giorgio has also departed and will arrive in the Derna area within the next 24 hours to ensure logistical, command and control tasks, as well as medical support, for the planned national deployment to support the population of the flooded areas. Regions . Furthermore, the use of the San Marco sea vessel is also being evaluated, if conditions on the ground require it. Defense Minister Guido Crosetto, who had already directed the General Staff of Defense and COFI (Joint Forces Operational Command), stated that “the Defense and the Armed Forces will provide their maximum support to help the Libyan people, affected by the devastating floods.” Forces Summit) to immediately provide all possible assistance from the Italian Armed Forces to Libya and its people. “San Marco” can transport the rest of the civil protection personnel, the Italian Red Cross and all necessary defense support materials. These aircraft also include two helicopters for possible search and recovery activities. Another flight with 36 units is scheduled to depart tomorrow

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