Weather report.  Catastrophic floods in Libya due to Storm Daniel.  At least 2,000 dead
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Floods and victims in northern Libya (Image source: Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace)
Floods and victims in northern Libya (Image source: Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace)

Update: The number of victims may be more than 2,000 – This is what the Prime Minister of Cyrenaica claimed; Thousands will still be missing, so the toll could become even more dramatic. The most affected areas, where casualties were counted, are the Derna and Al-Marj regions.

After catastrophic floods in Greece, Hurricane Daniel is now hitting Libya – Mediterranean storm DanielA cyclone with subtropical characteristics struck the eastern coast of Libya in the early hours of Sunday morning near the coastal city of Derna. This is the same hurricane that was active for several days in the Mediterranean and caused deadly flooding in Greece. Therefore, a severe wave of bad weather struck northeastern Libya Rain and storms that caused catastrophic and widespread flooding, as well as severe damageIt initially also included the western part of the city of Tripoli. Heavy floods also affected the cities of Benghazi, Sousse, Al-Bayda and Al-Marj: In many cases, roads and fields turned into actual torrents. It is estimated that up to 200mm of rain fell in just 24 hours. These are buildups that should usually fall off within 7-8 months.

The toll is impressive: at least 150 people lost their lives, according to Mohammed Masoud, spokesman for the Libyan administration stationed in Benghazi, in an interview with Agence France-Presse. However, many of them are still missing, including seven members of the Libyan National Army Unfortunately, balance can only be temporary. Many people fled to the roofs of their homes to wait for help to arrive. The authorities declared a state of extreme emergency Schools and shops close early on Saturday, as well as a curfew. The Ras Lanuf, Zueitina, Brega and Sidra oil ports have been closed since Saturday and will remain closed until at least Monday evening.

Alert now in Egypt – However, by this evening the rain will stop for good, As Daniel moves towards northern Egypt where the weather alert reaches its highest levels. is expected Rather, another heavy rain and thunderstorm fell during Tuesday along the Egyptian coast, Although it was less severe than what happened in the Libyan lands, as it moved from west to east, and included Alexandria in Egypt and Cairo. Widespread flooding or flash flooding is also possible in these areas.

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