The Mediterranean storm Daniel caused massive flooding in Libya, which broke dams and swept away entire neighborhoods, killing over 5,000 people and displacing more than 34,000. Climate change has worsened weather events - such as storms and floods - so that they are more frequent, longer, and more intense. Repeated shocks make it difficult for people and communities to cope and rebuild, especially when compounded with conflict and economic instability.
Flash flooding and powerful muddy currents triggered by heavy rains have wreaked havoc on communities in the east of the country sweeping away homes, vehicles, and debris. The situation is dire, with phone lines in the affected areas down, severely complicating rescue efforts. Destruction to roads and bridges continue to hamper the ability of aid agencies to enter affected cities including Derna, Sousse, Shahat, AlMarj and AlBayada and other rural communities in hard to reach areas.
The IRC is preparing a response and is committed to working with local partners and the Libyan authorities to provide immediate assistance to those affected by this disaster. We urge the international community to step up and support the people of Libya in their time of need.
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