Catastrophic Storm Daniel causes devastating floods in Libya
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Libya as they confront one of the most severe natural disasters in their history. The powerful storm Daniel caused extreme floods, which led to the loss of thousands of lives, displacement of families, and widespread destruction.
Derna, the port city in Eastern Libya, home to about 100,000 people, has experienced the worst devastation. The torrential rain caused by storm Daniel, which hit on Sunday, has also affected the eastern cities of Benghazi, Soussa and Al-Marj. The catastrophic storm has caused two major dams to overflow, bursting their banks and causing devastating floods that washed away and submerged entire neighbourhoods in multiple coastal cities, according to local authorities. The floods have destroyed and damaged vital infrastructure, including homes, bridges, roads, and sanitation facilities and have also disrupted both communication networks and power supply lines.
The unprecedented disaster has claimed the lives of over 11,300 people, with thousands more wounded and at least 10,100 still missing. The numbers will likely rise in the coming days as the true extent of this disaster unfolds.
Islamic Reliefs Response
Islamic Relief is actively monitoring the situation and will mobilize a rapid and comprehensive response to this emergency. Our teams will arrive in Derna, Libya, in the coming hours and days and will coordinate a response, with an identified local partner. We will assist with the search and rescue operations and provide food, drinking water, urgent shelter, and vital healthcare to families and communities suffering from this disaster. Our immediate priority is to conduct assessments to understand the specific needs of those who have suffered and to respond accordingly. We stand firmly committed to offering long-term support to the affected families and communities, bringing hope to those who have lost so much.
In this time of need, we call upon the generosity of our local donor community. Your support can make a world of difference. Every donation, regardless of the amount, enables us to reach more people, deliver essential aid, and provide hope to those grappling with the devastating consequences of this disaster. Let us extend our hands in solidarity, contribute, support, and become beacons of hope in their hour of need. Your donation can help save lives and alleviate suffering during this critical time.
Donate now to our Libya Floods Emergency and save a Life today.