Satellite imagery by Planet & Maxar reveals the extent of the destructive floods that hit Libya. The collapse of two dams in the eastern city of Derna on September 10th resulted in a death toll of over 8,000 people, as reported by local officials.
The catastrophe was triggered by the heavy flooding caused by Storm Daniel along the northern coast of Libya. Approximately a quarter of the city was engulfed by the flash flood, sweeping away buildings, vehicles, and tragically, people inside them. The floods have caused severe damage to critical infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, and homes.
The World Food Programme has warned that up to 100,000 individuals may be displaced by the floods, potentially leading to a food crisis in the region. The devastating impact of the floods has left the affected areas in urgent need of assistance and support.
The satellite imagery provided by Planet & Maxar highlights the before and after scenes of Derna City, emphasizing the extensive destruction caused by the floodwaters. These images serve as a grim reminder of the devastating power of natural disasters and the urgent need for disaster preparedness and response.
Efforts are underway to provide aid and relief to the affected population. However, the scale of the damage presents immense challenges for recovery and reconstruction. International organizations, as well as local authorities, are working together to address the immediate and long-term needs of the affected communities.
The tragic events in Libya serve as a reminder of the importance of disaster mitigation measures and the need for enhanced resilience in vulnerable areas. Climate change and its associated impacts, including extreme weather events, pose significant challenges that require proactive and coordinated action to minimize the devastating consequences.