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Horrendous plea in Libya after floods: Don’t bury the dead in mass graves

The World Health Organization and other aid organizations today called on the Libyan authorities to stop bury flood victims in mass gravesafter the UN report showed that more than 1,000 dead have so far been buried in this way.

The floods that occurred on Sunday night in Libya caused the destruction of two dams and as a result entire districts of Derna, a city in the east of the country, were flattened.

Thousands of people have lost their lives and thousands more are missing.

“We call on the authorities in the communities affected by the tragedy not to rush into mass burials or mass cremations,” said Dr. Kazunobu Kojima, a biosecurity expert at the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, in a joint statement sent by this health agency of the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

The announcement calls for better management of burials in properly demarcated, registered individual graves, saying hasty burials can lead to long-term emotional pain for relatives of the dead as well as social and legal problems, according to Reuters and the Athens News Agency.

A UN report made public yesterday Thursday speaks of more than 1,000 dead bodies in Derna and at least 100 in Albaida who were buried in mass graves after the 9/11 floods.

Source: News Beast

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