Over a week on from the devastating flash floods that washed whole neighbourhoods into the sea in eastern Libya, killing thousands, Libya is in dire need of assistance. Years of war and political division mean the country is badly ill-equipped to coordinate the international help that has been offered. On top of that, says Tarek Megerisi, Libya expert at the European Council on Foreign Relations, years of neglected infrastructure coupled with historical mistreatment of the residents of the devastated city of Derna, mean last Sunday’s flash floods were “a natural disaster that became a man-made catastrophe”.
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