Libya floods: Death toll rises to 11,300 in Derna, severely decomposing bodies found in the sea

 The loss of life from crushing flooding in Libya's eastern seaside city of Derna has ascended to something like 11,300, as per an UN report delivered Saturday, even as proceeding with search endeavors are supposed to track down additional casualties.

A further 170 individuals have been killed beyond Derna because of the flooding, the Unified Countries Office for the Coordination of Helpful Undertakings (OCHA) said.

Also, in Derna alone, somewhere around 10,100 individuals stay missing.

"These figures are supposed to ascend as search-and-salvage teams work vigorously to track down survivors," it added.

The city of Derna was split into two after floodwaters swept through entire neighborhoods.

More than 40,000 people have been displaced across northeastern Libya since the extreme rainfall brought by Storm Daniel, the UN says.

Experts say the storm’s impact was greatly exacerbated by a lethal confluence of factors including aging, crumbling infrastructure, inadequate warnings and the effects of the accelerating climate crisis.

A car is half burried following floods in Derna, Libya, on September 16.

“With thousands of displaced people now on the move, the risk of exposure to landmines and Explosive Ordnance of War (ERW) leftover from years of conflict is on the rise, as flood waters have now shifted landmines and ERW,” OCHA said.

Almost 300,000 children who were exposed to the flooding due to Storm Daniel face increased risk of cholera, malnutrition, diarrhea, and dehydration. The children also face “increased risks of violence and exploitation,” the report added.

‘Severely decomposing’ bodies in the sea\

Rescuers are going through collapsed buildings and searching the sea to retrieve dead bodies as the hope for survivors continues to dwindle.

Most dead bodies are in the water, international rescue missions said, calling for more equipment and help to retrieve corpses from the Mediterranean.

“Bodies are severely decomposing and at one point retrieving them might not be possible,” a representative from the Tunisian mission said in a meeting with counterparts from Russia, Arab countries, Turkey and Italy.

An aerial view of destroyed houses in Derna after a powerful storm and heavy rainfall hit Libya, September 16, 2023.

“We need assistance so our intervention is more efficient,” the representative added.

Other mission representatives from Egypt and the UAE described finding bodies in bays and coves in the Mediterranean, many in areas only accessible by boat.

A representative from the Algerian mission said teams spotted around 50 bodies from a cliff around seven nautical miles from the Derna port, but added that the area was only accessible by divers and boats.

“If we get the right boats we can retrieve 100 bodies every day,” the Egyptian representative said.

Dead bodies are also trapped under piles of mud in still occupied residential areas in Derna and could trigger a health crisis if areas are not evacuated, teams warned.

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