Rescue workers search in rubble for Libya's flood-stricken victims

An area damaged by flash floods is pictured in Derna, eastern Libya, on September 11, 2023. (Photo by AFP)

Rescue teams continued their search for victims in the flood-hit neighborhoods of the Libyan city of Derna on Wednesday, where whole multi-story buildings were swept away with sleeping families inside.

The flood torrent, which ran through Derna on Sunday night (September 10), was unleashed after rains from a powerful storm burst dams above the Mediterranean city.

Reuters video on Wednesday showed damaged neighborhoods, with rescue teams searching for victims in the rubble.

Officials say at least 10,000 people are feared missing or dead, though tolls of dead confirmed so far vary. Tariq Kharaz, a spokesperson for the eastern authorities, said 3,200 bodies had been recovered, and 1,100 of them had yet to be identified.

(Source: Reuters)

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