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At least 65 migrant bodies found in Libya mass grave, says UN

At least 65 migrant bodies found in Libya mass grave, says UN

Africa News, International
A mass grave containing the bodies of at least 65 migrants has been found in Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said. The IOM said the circumstances of their deaths and their nationalities are still unknown but they believe they died being smuggled through the desert towards the Mediterranean. The organisation, part of the United Nations, said it was "profoundly shocked" by the discovery. Libya is investigating, the IOM said. The grave was found in south-west Libya, it said. An IOM spokesperson said: "Each report of a missing migrant or a loss of life represents a grieving family searching for answers about their loved ones or acknowledging the tragedy of the loss. "The cost of inadequate action is evident in the increasing human deaths and the...
Libya floods: Flooded city buries its dead in mass graves.

Libya floods: Flooded city buries its dead in mass graves.

Africa News
Bodies recovered from a devastating flood which wiped out parts of the port city of Derna in eastern Libya have been buried in mass graves. At least 2,300 people died when a tsunami-like river of floodwater swept through Derna on Sunday after a dam burst during Storm Daniel. A mechanical digger worked in a cemetery where victims wrapped in body bags and blankets were buried together. With 10,000 people reported missing, the death toll is expected to rise. Mohammed Qamaty, a volunteer in Derna, said rescue workers were still searching for victims. “We call on all the young Libyans, anyone who has a degree or any medical affiliation to please come and help us,” he told Reuters news agency. “We have a shortage in nurses, we need help.” Some aid has started to arrive, includ...

10,000 missing after devastating floods in Libya – IFRC

Africa News
Derna is one of the hardest hit places. Around 10,000 people are thought to be missing following major floods in Libya according to an official from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). "We can confirm from our independent sources of information that the number of missing people is hitting 10,000 so far," said Tamer Ramadan, the head of the IFRC delegation in Libya. Widespread flooding and mudslides caused by torrential rain have destroyed many roads and homes. The worst-affected place is the port of Derna, much of which is under water after two dams and four bridges collapsed. "The death toll is huge and might reach thousands," added Mr Ramadan. The IFRC could soon launch an appeal for emergency funding to support Libya's floo...
Libya declares emergency as Storm Daniel kills 200

Libya declares emergency as Storm Daniel kills 200

Africa News, International
At least 200 people have died after a powerful storm caused flooding in Libya, the Libyan Red Cross has said. However, the leader of the east Libya government, which is not recognised internationally, said deaths “exceed 2,000”. Storm Daniel made landfall in the North African nation on Sunday, prompting authorities to declare a state of extreme emergency. Seven Libyan army personnel have gone missing during ongoing rescue efforts. Officials in eastern Libya have imposed a curfew, while schools and shops have been ordered to close The eastern cities of Benghazi, Sousse, Derna and Al-Marj have been impacted by Storm Daniel. As well as the rising death toll, the Libyan Red Cross issued a statement saying that at least 150 homes have been destroyed. The head of the Red Cr...

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