UNICEF is reaching children and families with emergency supplies after Storm Daniel swamped northeastern Libya, collapsing dams and washing away entire villages.
Families are facing catastrophic flooding and landslides in northeastern Libya after Storm Daniel came ashore on Sept. 10, 2023, inundating communities along the country's Mediterranean coast with sudden, torrential rains.
Authorities declared the port city of Derna a disaster zone after two dams were breached, flooding the city. Buildings collapsed and whole neighborhoods were swept away. More than 5,000 people in coastal towns are presumed dead, according to local authorities — 2,300 in Derna alone. Another 10,000 people remain missing.
The storm also caused significant damage to roads, bridges and other infrastructure, disrupted telecommunications networks and displaced at least 20,000 people, many of whom are taking shelter at local schools. Individuals who were previously displaced by conflict in Libya are among the 2,500 people now staying in 17 Benghazi schools.
UNICEF Libya is distributing urgently needed supplies
UNICEF Libya is responding to the needs of people caught in harm's way, rushing in emergency aid including 1,100 hygiene kits, vital medical supplies for 10,000 people and essential clothing kits for 500 children, coordinating distribution with the Libya Red Crescent (LRC) Society, a UNICEF partner.
"UNICEF Libya expresses deep condolences to all people who lost family members in East Libya due to floods," UNICEF Libya Representative Michele Servadei posted on social media on Sept. 11. "We stand ready to support relief operations for the displaced, children and in hospitals. We are in touch with relevant authorities."
In emergencies, UNICEF puts children first
Whenever disaster strikes, children are always among the most vulnerable. UNICEF pre-positions emergency supplies to rapidly reach those in need with lifesaving assistance, including safe water, shelter, medical care and nutrition. In emergencies, UNICEF also provides child protection services, including family tracing to reunite children who have become separated from their parents and caregivers, and psychosocial support.
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