Flooding in Libya

Catastrophic flooding has devastated the city of Derna in Libya after Storm Daniel. ShelterBox is responding in partnership with ACTED, supporting people whose homes have been severely damaged or washed away by flood waters.

What is happening in Libya

On Sunday 10th September a severe storm made landfall on the north-east coast of Libya. Storm Daniel brought over 400mm of rain in 24 hours, in a region that typically only receives 1.5mm rain in the whole of September. The rainfall caused two dams to burst on the normally dry Wadi Derna riverbed unleashing a torrent of water through the city of Derna, washing away entire neighbourhoods.

Rescue operations are still underway. 20,000 people are feared dead and the IFRC estimates over 40,000 people have been displaced across north-east Libya.

ShelterBox is responding in Libya supporting people whose homes have been severely damaged or washed away by flood waters, in partnership with ACTED. 

People whose homes have been lost or damaged are sheltering together in school buildings. This is where where we’re going to focus our efforts and we’re looking at what support is needed – it could be blankets, gas stoves, or kitchen sets.

A ShelterBox response team is deploying to neighbouring Tunisia this week to meet with our partners to confirm what is needed and what aid we’ll provide together.

Getting aid into countries and on to where it’s needed after a disaster of this scale can be difficult, especially with damage to infrastructure and supply routes. Access to Libya for foreign nationals is challenging too, so to provide support to people we’re partnering with ACTED who were already working in Derna before Storm Daniel and have a good presence there.

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