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Deadly Floods in Libya Leave Over 2,000 Dead and Thousands Missing After Dam Collapse

Over 2,000 people have tragically lost their lives, with around 6,000 others reported missing in Libya due to catastrophic flooding caused by Storm Daniel. The torrential rain brought by the storm led to the collapse of two dams, sweeping entire neighborhoods into the sea. The eastern-based Prime Minister of Libya, Osama Hammad, confirmed the devastating toll, particularly impacting the port city of Derna, where whole neighborhoods were washed away.

Local authorities have declared three days of mourning, and appeals for international aid have been made by Deputy Prime Minister Ali al-Gatrani and President of the Libyan Presidency Council, Mohamed Menfi. This disaster compounds the challenges faced by Libya, a nation already divided between rival administrations and enduring a complex political situation since the 2011 uprising against Muammar Gaddafi.