Why the floods in Libya were so destructive and deadly | DW News
Libya is struggling to deal with the thousands of bodies being recovered in the aftermath of devastating floods. Overwhelmed officials have registered nearly 4,000 – a number that is expected to rise as more bodies are found.
Corpses are washing up on the coast after being swept out to sea when torrential rains caused two dams to burst, causing flash floods that destroyed large parts of the city of Derna. The World Health Organization has urged Libyan authorities to stop burying victims in mass graves, to avert future legal and emotional problems.
Meanwhile, the Red Cross is warning that the floods may have uprooted landmines and explosives left over from the country’s years of conflict. Despite the many dangers, helpers are scouring the wreckage.
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