As bodies pile up in the streets of Derna, the northern coastal city devastated by flooding when a torrential downpour broke through two dams, washing homes into the sea, Libya is rushing to bury its dead.
According to Saadeddin Abdul Wakil, the health ministry undersecretary of the Unity Government in Tripoli—one of the two competing administrations governing the nation—the death toll reached more than 6,000 persons as of Wednesday AM local time.
Staff members report that despite the urgent need to treat disaster survivors, morgues are packed in hospitals that are still not operating. According to the country’s emigration ministry, 87 Egyptians who died in Libya were buried in Egypt by the government.
Authorities estimate that another 10,000 people are still missing, either swept out to sea or buried beneath the wreckage that has been scattered around the city, which formerly housed more than 100,000 people.
Derna flooding has caused more than 30,000 people to be relocated, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Libya on Wednesday.
Some affected areas are now unreachable to aid organizations because to the serious damage to the region’s infrastructure. Only two of Derna’s seven access points are now open.