Hurricane Danielle hits: 2,000 dead in eastern Libya

Cairo: More than 2,000 people have been killed and thousands are missing in the floods caused by storm Daniel that raged in the eastern part of the North African country of Libya over the weekend, the Prime Minister of the eastern Libyan government, Osama Hamad, said.

He declared three days of mourning across the country and ordered the national flag to be lowered to half-mast.

In a telephone interview with Al Masr Television, Osama Hamad said that floods have completely destroyed neighboring areas in Darna, which was declared a disaster zone after Hurricane Daniel hit the country from the Mediterranean. More than 2 thousand people died in the Darna zone. “Thousands of people are missing”, he said.

A holiday was given to school and college classes on Saturday as a precaution against the storm. The Prime Minister had declared a state of emergency to deal with the situation.

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