Two aid flights from Doha arrive in Benghazi together with a team from the Qatar Red Crescent.

Qatar has sent 23 tonnes of aid and a search and rescue team to help the flood-hit Libyan city of Derna.

Two aid flights from Doha arrived in Benghazi on Thursday, along with a team from the Qatar Red Crescent who stayed behind to help with search and recovery efforts.

“We have two loads full of medicine [supplies]. It’s a huge amount. We are trying to meet the needs as much as possible,” Qatar Red Crescent’s Abdul Aziz told Al Jazeera.

“Even today you can see that bodies have escaped from the sea because of the floods. There are still bodies under the sea.”

Aid supplies from Qatar, including everything from tents to medicine, will soon reach Derna via alternative routes as main roads to the city remain closed due to flood damage, Al Jazeera’s Osama Javaid reported from Benghazi.

“The question now is how this aid will help people who remain in great need to rebuild after a tsunami-like flood,” he said.

Aid supplies from Qatar loaded onto a cargo plane arrive in Libya [Osama Javaid/Al Jazeera]

International aid continues to arrive in Libya following Storm Daniel, which devastated Derna and nearby coastal towns in eastern Libya on the night of September 10, breaching two aging, neglected dams.

Officials have given widely varying death tolls. The World Health Organization has confirmed 3,922 deaths, while others estimate the death toll at more than 11,300. Thousands more people remain missing and are feared dead.

The Libyan Red Crescent said there was still a need for special teams and equipment as much of Derna reeked of death.

“We need some more technical things and maps to collect the bodies. … Some equipment cannot be found in Libya,” Ziad Uthman from the Libyan Red Crescent disaster management team told Al Jazeera.

Authorities have cordoned off certain areas of the city due to fears of contamination and the spread of disease.

Qatar Red Crescent’s Riad Qandeel said the team was prepared for the situation.

A plane carrying aid supplies from Qatar lands in Libya [Osama Javaid/Al Jazeera]

The deadly floods have somewhat united Libya’s two rival governments in a country that has been fractured since the 2011 uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi. The internationally recognized Government of National Unity is based in the capital Tripoli in the west, with another government operating in the east.

In recent days, residents of Derna protested angrily on mud-caked streets and set fire to the mayor’s house, accusing authorities of failing to maintain cracked dams and evacuate residents ahead of the fierce storm.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Thursday that at least 43,059 people had been displaced by the floods.

Source : www.aljazeera.com

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