/ 13 September 2023

The hits keep coming for northern Africa


Authorities say more than 5,000 people are feared dead, and more than 10,000 are missing after “catastrophic” flooding hit Libya’s northeast early this week. After causing widespread flooding in Greece, Storm Daniel brought heavy rains to Libya, collapsing 2 dams that swept away neighbourhoods in several coastal towns. Worst hit was the city of Derna, where one official blamed crumbling infrastructure from the country’s years-long conflict following the death of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, as well as authorities’ general lack of preparedness. Several countries, including Turkey, have offered assistance. And in nearby Morocco, the government is under pressure to accept more offers of foreign aid as the death toll from last week’s earthquake rose to 2,901

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