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In a Libyan hospital ward, trauma and grief mix with disbelief and anger among the survivors of the flood disaster that killed untold thousands in the devastated city of Derna.

A tsunami-sized flash flood crashed through the Mediterranean city, razing entire neighbourhoods, after two upstream dams burst amid torrential rains on September 10.

"Two years ago, the big dam already had leaks, even though it was only half full," said Abdelqader al-Omrani, 48, from his hospital bed in Benghazi, the major city in the eastern part of Libya.

"We had warned the municipality and demanded repairs," Omrani said, charging that the local authorities now "have our deaths on their conscience".

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