The Flood

It’s hard to even imagine the devastation visited on the city of Derna, Libya this week by flooding and resulting dam burst. This report from the BBC includes some drone footage that might hint at what people there are going through:

The upper estimate for the number of people killed in the dam burst catastrophe in Derna, Libya is 20,000 people. For comparison, that’s about the size of Westminster, Maryland or Maitland, Florida.

Imagine Westminster or Maitland suddenly wiped off the map, washed out to sea by a hundred-foot wall of water.

Postscript: some other places with a population of approximately 20,000 that you might be more familiar with: