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Libya Floods 2023: Vehicles entered houses, destruction till rooftops… Now this is the danger ahead in Darna city ruined due to breaking of dams.

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The name of the city you see in this picture is Darna. It is a Libyan city. There are hills behind, where the dams broke. Flash flood came. Houses, cars, people, animals, whatever came in the way… everything was washed away and fell straight into the Mediterranean Sea. The green sea is currently looking brown for several kilometers. (Photo: AP)

The wave of water caused by the breach of the dam was so strong that it lifted cars and carried them on the roofs of houses. This is what is visible in this picture. At present the houses of Darna city are filled with water and mud. People are scared that the body of one of their neighbors or acquaintances may be found out of the mud. Which are coming out continuously. (Photo: Reuters)

Here in this picture you can be seen cleaning with JCB machine on the banks of Darna city. But in the red circles you will see those cars which have been washed away from the city and have come into the sea. These are just a few. The whereabouts of hundreds of vehicles are not known. Well, the bodies of many such people are not being found. They also drowned in the sea. (Photo: Reuters)

The name of this woman is Sabreen Farhat Belil. His brother’s house was here. Now only debris is left. She is crying after seeing the house. Searching for her loved ones. He lost his brother, sister-in-law and five children. But he has not found the bodies of any of them yet. The population of Darna city is 1.25 lakh. Half of which is almost finished. (Photo: Reuters)

The biggest danger at this time is the spread of diseases. Medicines are being sprayed everywhere. Now people’s fear is that they should stay in this city, or leave it and go somewhere else. Because there is danger in going anywhere else. During the war, landmines were laid all around Libya. Which have been swept away and spread here and there in this massive catastrophic flood. (Photo: Reuters)

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 11,300 people have been confirmed dead in Derna so far. However, the figures are constantly changing. Therefore, some correct data cannot be given till the final calculation. Because dead bodies of people are being found continuously. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo: AP)

More than 1000 people have been buried. More than 150 people died due to the poisonous elements coming with the water. Libya’s Health Minister says that 3283 people have died. WHO is giving the number of deaths as 3922. That means the correct figures have not come yet. But the kind of disaster that has occurred would have killed thousands of people. (Photo: AP)

Medical students from Benghazi are spraying medicines to prevent diseases throughout the city of Derna. They themselves are frightened after seeing so much devastation. After getting tired while working, we rest for some time. Then they go out to sprinkle medicines. The roadsides have been cleared. (Photo: Reuters)

At least 891 buildings have been destroyed in this flash flood. The mayor of Derna city says that at least 20 thousand people may have been killed. Government employee Mohammed Alnaji Bushartila said there were 48 people in his family. But no one is available today. I don’t understand what to do. Where should I go? Who should I look for? (Photo: AP)

The rescue team from Malta has found the bodies of hundreds of people along the coast of Derna city. The head of this team, Natalio Bezzina, said that we saw the bodies of at least 400 people lying on one side. We have deployed a team of 72 people. There are also children and women among them. These were found in a sea cave along the coast. (Photo: Reuters)

Derna city with a population of 1.25 lakh is now completely ruined. Broken buildings, mud, cars loaded on top of each other are visible all around. No one knows that if they step in the mud, they will find someone’s dead body underneath. More than 40 thousand people are feared dead. (Photo: Reuters)

A Yugoslavian company had built two dams in Derna in 1970. The first dam was 75 meters high. It contained 1.80 crore cubic meters of water. The second dam was 45 meters high. 15 lakh cubic meters of water was accumulated there. Every cubic meter of water weighs one ton. There was about 2 crore tonnes of water in both the dams. Below which the city of Darna was situated. (Photo: Reuters)

Satellite photos show that these dams were empty. They were not being taken care of for the last 20 years. The problem was not with the empty dam. But it was under repair. Hurricane Daniel brought so much water that the old and weakening dam could not handle it. The dam broke and destroyed the city of Derna situated below it. (Photo: Reuters)

Both dams were made of concrete. He also had a glory hole. So that the water does not overflow. But the wood got stuck in it. It was closed. No one paid attention to maintenance. Garbage kept accumulating. Because of this, the dam started filling with water rapidly due to the rains after the storm. Hurricane Daniel continued to rain continuously for a week. (Photo: Reuters)

The local administration of Derna was not ready for this. When a storm came, the big dam was filled first. When it could not handle the amount of water, water started flowing from above. After some time he broke down. Simultaneously 1.80 crore tonnes of water moved downwards. The dam in the lower area did not have the power to stop this much water. (Photo: AP)

The small dam also broke. Then what caused the fire in the entire city. The lower part of every house was filled with water. It is not only the responsibility to strengthen the dams, but its maintenance is also important. The task in which the Libyan government and local administration failed. A report regarding this was also published last year. (Photo: Reuters)

It was said in that report that there is a need to immediately handle the Derna Valley Basin. Otherwise a major disaster will occur here any day. Both dams were in need of maintenance. If these break, the city present in the valley will be destroyed. Everyone knew that big dams could prove dangerous. It happened here. (Photo: AP)

Dams continue to operate for thousands of years. The dams built by the Roman Empire are still working today. There is a need to pay attention to their design and strength. And also their maintenance. To clean the garbage accumulated in dams. So that they can work properly. Because if they are not cleaned, they are no less than a nuclear bomb. (Photo: Reuters)

Libyan hydrologist Abdul Wanis Ashur said that everyone knew the condition of these dams. But no one was paying attention. Neither the administration nor the government. People also knew that death was looming over them. If the Public Water Commission had paid attention to the report published last year and got the dam cleaned, this scene would not have been seen. (Photo: Reuters)

The Libyan government knew what was happening in the Derna river valley. What kind of problem is going to happen? But it was not making any difference. Now almost half the population of this city has been destroyed. Abdulkader Mohammad Alfakari, 22, said that when the flood came, he ran to the roof of the fourth floor. saved. (Photo: AP)

Abdulkader saw people and buildings in his neighborhood being washed away into the sea. People were asking for help by lighting mobile torches. No one was able to understand anything. The vehicles parked on the roads had entered the houses. Dead bodies were flowing. People’s bodies were being carried to different houses along with water and mud. It was a terrible sight. (Photo: Reuters)

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