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According to UN data, the number of deaths in Derna is already 11,300



More than 10,000 people missing

The death toll from the devastating floods in Libya has risen to around 11,300 in the hardest-hit city of Derna in the east of the country alone, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

According to OCHA, which refers to the Libyan Red Crescent, 10,100 people are missing in Derna, and another 170 have been confirmed dead elsewhere in the country. At the same time, they expect that the number of deaths will increase, as rescue operations are still ongoing, reports the German news agency DPA.

Data on the number of dead differ from source to source. Health authorities in the east of Libya previously announced that 3,166 people had died in Derna, and the local mayor said at the beginning of the week that the number of victims could be up to 20,000.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Saturday that they had already identified nearly 4,000 victims and that approximately 9,000 people were missing.

Aid has so far been sent to the country by the EU, the USA, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and several other countries, including Russia. Moscow announced today that they had sent 35 doctors and humanitarian aid to eastern Libya. Before that, Russia is said to have already sent a mobile hospital with operating rooms and an intensive care unit to Libya, reports the French news agency AFP.

According to the WHO, 29 tons of medical equipment also arrived in the city of Benghazi, where the internationally unrecognized government is based in the east.

Meanwhile, the western part of the country, which is ruled by an internationally recognized government based in Tripoli, was not so affected by the floods.

According to the International Organization for Migration, at least 40,000 people have been displaced by floods in northeastern Libya. The organization warns that the actual number is probably higher, as access to the most affected areas is still difficult.

Source: Rtvslo

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