The death toll from the flood disaster has been reported at over 11,000 dead in the Libyan city of Derna, according to the Red Crescent. Search efforts are still ongoing in hopes of finding people in the mud as over 10,000 people are still reported missing.
On Saturday, rescue workers searched for the missing on Derna’s seafront by sifting through a mountain of rubbish and debris. Over 450 bodies have been found in the sea in the last three days, reports Reuters.
The collapse of the two dams is to be investigated, according to Libya’s public prosecutor, al-Sediq al-Sourn.
– I assure the citizens that prosecutors will certainly take action against whoever made a mistake or negligence, he said at a press conference in Derna late on Friday, AP reports.
Exactly how such an investigation will be carried out is unclear.
Concerns about the spread of disease
There is concern among authorities and aid organizations about the spread of waterborne diseases and the risk of movement of explosive ammunition from Libya’s recent conflicts.