- The poisoned water in the city of Derna has lead to the deaths of 55 children, says a UN report.
- Landmines resurfaced from the years of conflict in country also pose a great risk.
- The official number of casualties due to the deadly floods cannot be confirmed.
Sunrise on Sunday revealed a scene of quiet devastation, with piles of rubble cleared to the sides of empty roads along with tangled metal including pieces of wrecked cars.
People unsure whether to stay or seek shelter elsewhere
State media said at least 891 buildings had been destroyed in the city, whose mayor has said 20,000 people might have died.
“We have no water and no resources.”
Floodwaters had shifted landmines and other ordnance left over from years of conflict, posing an extra risk to the thousands of displaced people on the move, it said.
Official death toll in Libya cannot be confirmed
It cited the Libyan Red Crescent for the figure but a Libyan Red Crescent spokesman said it had not published a toll and referred journalists to government spokespeople, saying “figures are changing and the Red Crescent is not responsible for this”.
Libyan authorities have opened an investigation into the collapse of two dams that caused a devastating flood in a Derna as rescue teams searched for bodies, nearly a week after the deluge killed more than 11,000 people. Source: AP / Yousef Murad
“The number of dead so far is 3252, and they are those who were buried,” an official from the administration that runs eastern Libya, Dr Osama Al-Fakhry, said.
Other Libyan officials have previously cited a death toll of more than 5000.
Number of people seeking shelter in the tens of thousands
International aid organisations have flown in emergency aid and countries have sent in supplies and other help, but OCHA said much more was needed.
Libya’s Presidential Council head Mohammed al-Menfi has called for national unity.