UN Believes Most Deaths in Libya Floods Could’ve Been Avoided

As relief workers struggle to deliver crucial aid in a humanitarian effort stifled by political divisions and debris from the flash floods that tore through Libya, the United Nations said Thursday that most of the disaster deaths could have been avoided.

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) secretary-general, Petteri Taalas, said that by having proper services in place, they could’ve minimized those losses since if there were a normally operating meteorological service, they would have issued the warnings and emergency service would’ve been able to carry out evacuations to avoid most of the human casualties.

The WMO, per Talaas, tried to interact with Libyan officials to improve these mechanisms, but going there has proven difficult because of the complicated security situation in the country with two governments.

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