The General Authority for Search and Identification of Missing Persons on Saturday started collecting DNA samples to identify victims of the devastating floods that hit eastern Libya last month.

The Family Registration Department, in coordination with the Public Prosecution, opened two offices in the Bab Tobruk and Shiha areas of Derna to receive the concerned families.

A forensic team will cross-match DNA samples of unidentified victims of the floods according to international standards, the department said.

As of October 5, officially reported deaths due to Hurricane Daniel, which swept through cities in eastern Libya, amounted to 4,333 cases, including 101 healthcare workers, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) office in Libya.