/ 15 September 2023

Libya’s grim toll


It’s been a horrible year of natural disasters around the world – and the flooding in Libya is shaping as a “calamity of epic proportions, according to the United Nations. More than 5,300 people are confirmed dead, but there are fears as many as 20,000 people have perished after a storm hit last weekend, causing dams to collapse and flooding the city of Derna. Reports say at least 25% of the city was washed into the sea… Aid agencies have called for more body bags to stop the spread of disease as the “sea is constantly dumping dozens of bodies”, according to a local minister. Experts believe it’s happened because dams hadn’t been maintained – and that’s because of fierce rivalries between local administrators and the UN-backed government in the capital Tripoli.  And Mother Nature’s not done yet in the Northern Hemisphere… There’s more flash flooding in Hong Kong after last weekend delivered the Chinese territory’s heaviest rainfall in 140 years.

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