Satellite imagery released by Planet & Maxar has showcased the extent of the devastating floods in Libya. The catastrophe, which occurred on the night of September 10th, was triggered by the collapse of two dams upstream in the eastern city of Derna.
The death toll resulting from this catastrophic event has now surpassed 8,000 individuals, as reported by local officials. The impact of the floods has been severe, with a quarter of a city being swept into the sea due to Storm Daniel’s visit to the northern coast of Libya. The powerful flash floods have destroyed numerous buildings, claiming the lives of people inside, as well as engulfing vehicles.
Infrastructure has also been significantly affected, with hospitals, schools, and homes sustaining extensive damage. The World Food Programme has warned that up to 100,000 people could be displaced by the floods, leading to a potential food crisis in the region.
The satellite imagery reveals the stark contrast between the city of Derna before and after the floods. Structures that once stood tall and proud are now submerged in water or reduced to rubble. The scale of destruction is evident, underscoring the immense challenges faced by the affected population as they seek to rebuild their lives.
These devastating floods serve as a grim reminder of the vulnerability of many regions to the impacts of extreme weather events. Efforts to mitigate and adapt to such disasters will be crucial in ensuring the safety and well-being of communities worldwide.