At least 30,000 displaced after Libya floods – with fatalities expected to rise significantly

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At least 30,000 people have been displaced in the town hardest hit by floods in Libya.

Meanwhile, a minister has said 5,300 bodies in the country’s east have been recovered – with the number of fatalities expected to rise significantly.

Officials are appealing for international help, and have warned Libya doesn’t have the necessary experience to deal with a disaster of this scale.

Storm Daniel caused significant damage to roads and telecoms networks on Sunday – with strong winds and sudden heavy rainfall devastating the town of Derna.

The “sea is constantly dumping dozens of bodies”, Hichem Abu Chkiouat, minister of civil aviation in the administration that runs eastern Libya, said, adding that reconstruction would cost billions of dollars.

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