After years of strife, weak and corrupt governance, corruption and negligence, the Libyan authorities were simply not up to preparing for or coping with a disaster of this magnitude – and it is the Libyan people who’ve been killed, or left displaced in their thousands.
Libya is a country in anguish.
Her people are suffering a fresh kind of horror after years of civil war, fighting, corruption, greed and people smuggling.
Now floods have devastated the port city of Derna and the communities and villagers around.
And what’s so much worse is that the natural disaster caused by Storm Daniel, which has been sweeping across European countries, has been compounded by a man-made catastrophe.
The number of deaths has soared to 11,300 in Derna, Libyan Red Crescent said on Thursday.
Those in Derna, the worst-affected town, are calling it a disaster of “biblical proportions”.
Civilians in the town have been using their bare hands to try to dig for survivors… instead they’re finding just the remains of victims.
The airport at Benghazi has been bustling with people trying to get home or go to the area themselves to track down missing relatives. There are an estimated 10,000 unaccounted for.
It’s hard to know exact figures but the civilians on the ground are stunned and terrified at the scale of the devastation this torrent of water caused.
They expect the death toll to rise still but with little coordination on the ground, accurate figures are tough to come by.
The collapse of not one but two dams in Derna unleashed a terrible violent water force which upended vehicles, tore down houses, apartment blocks and schools.
One shocked survivor showed us pictures of the utterly flattened muddy landscape in front of him where dozens of buildings once stood.
“They’ve all just gone… Derna has gone,” Maged told us.
“I can’t believe it. I’ve lived 27 years or so in Britain but I was working on my retirement home here in Derna where I am from. It used to be beautiful. Now there’s nothing left. I don’t even know if I can stay here now. The memories are just too hard.”
Another survivor told us of the despair at the complete destruction of the area.
“It is a disaster of biblical proportions”, Mere Bijou said.
“And our government is to blame… anyone in charge in Libya is to blame. Everyone knew Storm Daniel was coming but they did nothing about it. They didn’t protect us, they didn’t try to save us, they didn’t do anything.”