With an estimated death toll of 20 thousand and displacing over 43 thousand residents, the storm has left the city in disastrous condition.
The seemingly negligent response from the Eastern Libyan authorities has sparked protests among the residents. The protests have been met with retaliation, including the arrest of protesters and restrictions imposed on foreign journalists.
As a result, communication lines have been severed, leaving residents cut off from the outside world and unable to contact their families. This situation has further escalated the crisis, with people feeling silenced and repressed.