Storm Daniel Devastates Libya: Over 2,000 Dead and 5,000 Missing

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Libya, 13 September 2023 – On Sunday, 10 September 2023, Libya was struck by Storm Daniel, bringing with it catastrophic weather conditions including powerful winds and heavy rainfall. This severe weather event, especially concentrated in the northeastern areas, has resulted in the tragic loss of over 2,000 lives with 5,000 more reported missing.

The enormity of the storm's impact and the discrepancies in data from various sources have made it challenging to gather accurate and reliable information from the affected regions. These challenges further complicate the coordination and effective distribution of crucial humanitarian aid.

A particularly concerning consequence of the storm has been the large-scale displacement observed, with Derna being a focal point. Preliminary data suggests that upwards of 30,000 individuals have had to leave their homes in this region alone. The search and rescue operations are in full swing, but Derna's damaged infrastructure hinders accessibility, making the operations all the more challenging.

Across the affected areas, essential infrastructure such as healthcare facilities, electricity supply lines, buildings, roads, and telecommunication networks have faced significant damage. Efforts are underway to restore power and communication channels.

In response to the disaster, authorities from both the West and the East of Libya have formed crisis committees. Furthermore, the Government of National Unity has dispatched emergency supplies to the East, which includes 14 tons of medical provisions.

The government has identified several urgent humanitarian requirements including food, shelter, psychosocial support, non-food items, healthcare, logistics, data assessment, and specialized technical support.

Recognizing the dire situation, various international partners have expressed their commitment to aid. The United Nations in Libya is currently formulating an appeal to organize and coordinate this international support to bolster the Libyan efforts.

For more insights into the UN's humanitarian efforts, visit UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Source: ReliefWeb