Race to help Libya flood survivors as thousands dead and missing

Aid teams are battling to help survivors and locate the dead five days after devastating flooding hit eastern Libya.

Thousands of people were killed when two dams burst after intense rainfall from Storm Daniel, washing away whole neighbourhoods in the city of Derna.

Figures for the number of dead vary from around 6,000 to 11,000 – and with thousands still listed as missing, the port city’s mayor says the total could reach 20,000.

Survivors have told the BBC whole families perished together, as well as describing terrifying escapes and people being swept away in front of their eyes.

Most of the deaths could have been avoided if warnings were issued, the UN’s World Meteorological Organization has said.

About 30,000 people have been left homeless, the International Organization for Migration says, with the UN’s humanitarian agency warning of the danger of disease from contaminated water


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