Flooding in Libya

Catastrophic flooding has struck the city of Derna in Libya as a result of Storm Daniel. ShelterBox is responding by supporting people whose homes have been severely damaged or washed away by flood waters.

What is happening in Libya

On Sunday, September 10th a severe storm, known as Storm Daniel, hit the north-east coast of Libya. It 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. As a result, a torrent of water overwhelmed the city of Derna, entirely washing away several neighbourhoods.

It is feared that over 20,000 people have died. Rescue operations are still underway. The UN also estimates that over 30,000 people have been displaced by the disaster.

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

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. We have partnered with ACTED before – including in Libya in 2011 and most recently in Nigeria (2021) and Moldova (2022).

Your support today will help people affected by the flooding in Libya and other disasters around the world. We believe we can have the most impact for communities by staying flexible. It allows us to restock our warehouses, ready for the next disaster, and provide support to people affected by extreme weather, conflict, and climate crises around the world.

A man stands under heavy rain due to the Storm Daniel, which affected the city of Derna in Libya, in Deir Al Balah, Gaza on September 13, 2023. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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