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Inquiry into Libya dams collapse that killed 11,000

By Padraic Flanagan

LIBYAN investigators are probing the collapse of two dams that led to at least 11,000 dying in floods last weekend.

Libya’s General Prosecutor al Sediq al-Sour said they would investigate the allocation of maintenance funds for the Derna dams, built in the 1970s.

‘If there was negligence, prosecutors will file a criminal case for trials,’ he said.

Officials in Derna had told residents to evacuate coastal areas because of the storm. But there was no warning about the dams, which collapsed as people were asleep.

Since 2014, the east of the country has been controlled by the Libyan National Army. A rival government, based in the capital Tripoli, oversees infrastructure projects.

More than 10,000 people are still missing, according to the Libyan Red Crescent.

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