Responding to the devastating flooding in Libya, HRF has launched this emergency appeal to give support and relief to communities affected.
North Eastern Libya was hit by unprecedented flooding as Storm Daniel made landfall on Sunday 10th September 2023. The resulting flash floods have washed away entire communities, collapsed dams, damaged vital infrastructure and brought havoc to the lives of ordinary Libyans.
The city of Derna has borne the brunt of the flood’s destructive force. Reports from the city state that a massive humanitarian disaster is unfolding for survivors, with around 30,000 people displaced from their homes. Even more horrifying are reports of thousands of city residents being washed out to see by the powerful flood surge. As the days continue, bodies are being found washed up on the shore.
As of 21st September, the World Health Organisation are reporting the death toll standing at approximately 4,000 people, with local organisations stating the toll to be in excess 11,000 as rescue operations continue.