Libyan schools reopen following Storm Daniel suspension, except in Derna
Libyan schools resumed on Sunday after a three-week shutdown following the devastation caused by Storm Daniel. Reports indicate a substantial student turnout in most regions, except for Derna and its neighbouring areas.
The academic year, which began on 3 September, was interrupted by the catastrophic storm which happened on 10 September. Cities in the Jabal Al-Akhdar region were severely impacted. In Derna, two dams collapsed, resulting in a calamitous flood that swept away homes, schools, and buildings and killed thousands of people.
Libya's rival authorities in the west and east of the country declared a period of national mourning period on 12 September, which included a ten-day suspension of schools across the country.
The minister of education in Libya's west-based Government of National Unity, Mousa Al-Magarieff, said that ministry representatives and private school administrations were instructed to enrol displaced students from affected areas into private schools "without any restrictions or conditions".
Al-Magarieff also said that the ministry had began a count of the displaced students. A committee headed by the ministry representative inpon resumption, monitor their conditions, and address challenges they might face.