Searchers race to recover bodies in Libya as death toll from flooding hits 5,100
September 14, 2023
DERNA, Libya - Search teams combed streets, wrecked buildings and even the sea Wednesday to look for bodies in a coastal Libyan city where the collapse of two dams unleashed a massive flash flood that killed at least 5,100 people.
The Mediterranean city of Derna has struggled to get help after Sunday night's deluge washed away most access roads. Aid workers who managed to reach the city described devastation in its center, with thousands still missing and tens of thousands left homeless.
''Bodies are everywhere, inside houses, in the streets, at sea. Wherever you go, you find dead men, women, and children,'' Emad al-Falah, an aid worker from Benghazi, said over the phone from Derna. ''Entire families were lost.''