The Atlantic Council, an American think tank, said that the flood disaster in the city of Derna is a sign that the international community needs to act in Libya.

The Council added in a report that the degree of negligence and mismanagement that contributed to the disaster is primarily due to the authoritarian rule of Khalifa Haftar, and the duplication of the leadership of the House of Representatives, which played a destructive role in managing the cities of eastern Libya.

The report indicated that the Government of National Unity, "although it cannot be blamed directly, bears great responsibility because of its unwillingness to resolve divisions or provide a model of good governance."

It stressed the need to press for the formation of a government focused on managing the state of emergency and preparing for elections.

The Atlantic Council report pointed out that statistics and history confirm that this second stage of the disaster - that is, the stage of accountability and the search for those responsible - rarely led to meaningful accountability in the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, and responsibilities are rarely pinpointed, and that the rule is that no one is considered guilty.

It also explained that the ruling elite no longer considers responsibility for the incident and the focus has become on reconstruction and rebuilding, which allows them to transfer the funds allocated for this stage, which leads to corruption, mismanagement and nepotism.

The Council stressed that this "Drives the entire event into oblivion and prevents public opinion from demanding effective justice and reparation despite the scandals that preceded it."

"Haftar now presents himself as the savior of the city after he actually visited it on September 15, and announced immediate reconstruction plans, helping the wounded, and supporting the displaced." The council added.

The report referred to the fact that "In 2017, Haftar subjected the city to a year-long siege, and in 2018, he subjected it to violent bombardment and military incursions."

It also attributed "the tragedy of the dam collapse to neglect of dam maintenance, the city's infrastructure, and civil services, such as the failure to adequately train and equip firefighters and medical workers, the absence of an alarm system, and many other issues."

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