YEMEN Press Agency

Death toll of floods in Libya rises to 11,300

WORLD, Sept. 17 (YPA) – The death toll from catastrophic floods in the eastern city of Derna has risen to 11,300, the United Nations said.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Sunday that another 10,100 people were still missing. Elsewhere in eastern Libya outside Derna, floods had killed more 170 people.

Earlier, media in Libya reported that the Libyan National Center for Disease Control had declared a state of health emergency in the affected cities for a whole year.

The decision comes after the director of Libya’s Center for Disease Control said there was a shortage of medical staff treating victims in the affected cities.

On Sunday, the Mediterranean Hurricane “Daniel” swept through several areas in eastern Libya, most notably the cities of Benghazi, Al-Bayda, and Al-Marj, in addition to Sousse and Derna.