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 كيف اجتاحت الفيضانات المدينة الساحلية الليبية (1) infographic
Graphic shows how floods ravaged Libyan port city of Derna.


كيف اجتاحت الفيضانات المدينة الساحلية الليبية

By Jordi Bou

September 12, 2023 - مزيج من الظروف المناخية القاسية والجغرافيا الضعيفة والبنية التحتية المتداعية التي أضعفها أكثر من عقد من الصراع أدى إلى فيضانات كارثية في درنة.

Swathes of the Mediterranean city of Derna were obliterated by the flood torrent, unleashed after rains from a powerful Storm Daniel burst dams above the city.

More than 100mm of rain were recorded in Derna over three days, from Sep 9 to Sep 12, where the average rainfall for the entire month of September is under 1.5mm.

Derna is supposed to be protected by two dams. Both collapsed as water overwhelmed them.

The internationally recognised government in Tripoli said at least 2,300 people died; while the eastern administration - which controls Derna - said more than 5,300 bodies had been found.

The number is likely to increase significantly and may even double because of the number of missing people.

PUBLISHED: 29/09/2023; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Google Maps