Mon. Dec 4th, 2023
Flooding in Derna: Satellite Images Show Extent of Damage

The Disasters Charter has recently released satellite images and maps to assess the scale of flooding and its impact on the city of Derna caused by Storm Daniel. The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) commissioned these maps on behalf of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Joint Environment Unit.

The analysed area covers approximately 1,200 hectares around the Derna River valley, as well as a flood area spanning 330 hectares. These maps provide valuable information about the affected regions.

According to the report, at least 2,217 buildings in Derna have been exposed to the rushing floodwater. Additionally, three bridges have been destroyed within the city, while a total of 10 bridges have been reported destroyed elsewhere, resulting in the isolation of east and west Derna.

It is important to note that the analysis presented in the report is preliminary and requires feedback from experts on the ground. The images and maps will help facilitate further assessments of the situation and aid in coordinating relief efforts.

The scale of the disaster in Derna has prompted an international response, with 23 flights of aid from 12 different countries arriving within 24 hours of the incident. The Libyan government has requested the United Nations to coordinate these efforts.

The impact of Storm Daniel and the subsequent flooding in Derna has been severe, with a significant loss of life and numerous people reported missing. As rescue and recovery operations continue, the priority remains providing assistance and support to those affected by this devastating event.

For more updates on the situation in Derna, please refer to reliable news sources and official government statements.

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