Many people are feared dead after a powerful storm triggered devastating flooding in Libya.

The leader of the east Libyan government, said deaths exceeded 2,000 and thousands were missing.

A Libya specialist, Jalel Harchaoui said the death toll could reach as many as “several thousand” people

Seven Libyan army personnel went missing during ongoing rescue efforts, while officials in the east imposed a curfew, schools and shops were ordered to close.

Storm Daniel made landfall on Sunday, prompting authorities to declare a state of extreme emergency.

Head of the Red Crescent humanitarian network said at least 150 deaths had occurred in Derna alone.