We are responding to support people left without shelter after devastating flooding in the city of Derna following Storm Daniel. The storm brought severe rainfall that caused two dams to burst in the city. This released a torrent of water that destroyed homes.

We previously responded in Libya in 2011 to support those forced to flee their homes due to civil unrest.

Map of north Libya showing location of flooding in 2023, particularly the city of Derna

Where is Libya?

Libya is in north Africa. To the east it shares a border with Egypt. To the southeast is Sudan. Chad and Niger are to the south. On its western border are Algeria and Tunisia. The north coast is on the Mediterranean Sea.

Much of Libya has a desert climate, being part of the Sahara desert. However, northern coastlines have a more Mediterranean climate. The majority if Libya’s population live on the coast. The severe flooding caused by Storm Daniel has been attributed by scientists to climate change. Libya is thought to be vulnerable to extreme weather events due to climate change, as well as rising sea levels threatening coastal populations.

Our response in Libya

Debris and damaged buildings in the city of Derna after flooding in Libya

Libya flooding

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.

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Top image: 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)

Overturned cars lay among other debris caused by flash floods in Derna, eastern Libya, on September 11, 2023
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TOPSHOT – Overturned cars lay among other debris caused by flash floods in Derna, eastern Libya, on September 11, 2023. Flash floods in eastern Libya killed more than 2,300 people in the Mediterranean coastal city of Derna alone, the emergency services of the Tripoli-based government said on September 12. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

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