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25 People Were Killed in Eastern Libya by a Powerful Storm

At least 25 people were killed and homes damaged in eastern Libya by a powerful Mediterranean storm on Sunday.

According to Reuters, Ahmad Mesmari, a spokesman for the Libyan National Army, reported that seven soldiers were missing.

As Storm Daniel slammed the cities of Benghazi, Sousse, Al Bayda, Al-Marj, and Derna, footage posted on social media showed individuals trying to find help while stranded on the roofs of their cars amid severe flooding.

A resident of Derna, Ahmed Mohamed, told Reuters on Monday over the phone that they were asleep when the flood started and that they are inside trying to escape.

Abdulhamid Dbeida, the interim prime minister of Tripoli, declared on Sunday that he had ordered all state agencies to immediately deal with the flooding and devastation in eastern cities.

According to a statement from the UN office in Libya, the organisation was carefully monitoring the storm and would “provide urgent relief assistance in support of response efforts at local and national levels.”