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Storm Daniel damaged or destroyed 1,500 buildings in Libyan city

Tripoli, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) Some 1,500 buildings were damaged or destroyed in the eastern Libyan city of Derna during the passage of Hurricane Daniel, which caused thousands of dead and missing, an official source reported today.

A team assigned by the Government of National Unity, which controls the western part of the country, said that 891 buildings were totally destroyed, 211 were partially destroyed and 398 were covered by mud after the collapse of two nearby dams.

A week after the catastrophe, the exact number of fatalities remains unknown, as rescuers are still removing bodies washed ashore or under the rubble.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which cited the Libyan Red Crescent, revealed yesterday that at least 11,300 people died in that city and another 10,000 are still missing. Those numbers are expected to rise as search and rescue teams continue their work, OCHA said.

Meanwhile, security services are continuing mass burial procedures after documenting the deceased´s photographs and collecting DNA samples for later identification.