Libya floods: Death of more than 5 thousand people

Derna: The number of people who died in the terrible floods that occurred on the east coast of Libya and surrounding areas has increased to 5,200, the health department officials said.

The death toll has increased in Derna. More than 7,000 people have been injured, said Osama Ali, spokesman for the East Libya Ambulance and Emergency Centre.

He said the death toll was likely to rise as search and rescue teams pulled bodies from streets, buildings, and the sea.

As the Mediterranean storm hit the coast of Derna on Sunday night, residents of Derna said they heard a loud explosion, and dams outside the city were hit.

30,000 people displaced: As of Wednesday, rescue workers have pulled more than 2,000 bodies from the rubble in the Libyan city. About 30,000 people have been displaced in the city, according to UN refugee agency officials.

At least 10,000 people are still missing in the city. 40,000 people have been evacuated from Derna and other towns, said Tamer Ramadan, Libyan Ambassador of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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