How is the overall situation in Derna now?
We can still see that people are profoundly affected by the disaster. Many people have lost their homes or family members – often both. Almost everyone in the city is mourning and in pain at the moment.
Two weeks after the floods, the retrieval of bodies under the rumble is not a priority anymore, while some bodies are still being recovered at sea. According to the search and rescue teams, the stream will continue to bring corpses in the coming weeks.
What was most striking when we arrived in Derna was the scale of the destruction. While the flooding was devastating, it was really the destruction of the two dams on the night of 10 September, while everyone was sleeping, that destroyed the centre of the city and took everything and everyone away within a few hours.
As a consequence of this massive flooding, there were relatively few people with wounds or trauma, but sadly, a high number of deceased.
Now the authorities are focusing on rebuilding a bridge between the eastern and western part of Derna, as the city has been literally split in two. Their main priority is to make sure that everyone who has been traumatised or lost everything due to the floods is now receiving mental health support.