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What happened during the floods in Libya?

On 11 September, Storm Daniel caused extreme flooding in eastern Libya, a country in North Africa that sits along the Mediterranean Sea. Two dams collapsed under the pressure of the storm, sweeping entire neighbourhoods in the City of Derna into the sea. Sadly, it has been confirmed that nearly 4,000 people have died, and 9,000 are still unaccounted for.

The situation in Libya was already difficult even before the flooding. Past conflict and a political issues have significantly affected the country’s health services, education and infrastructure. Libya is also a destination and route for families seeking asylum and safety from other African countries, many of whom would have been impacted by the floods.

People look at the damage caused by floods in Derna, eastern Libya, on 11 September, 2023.
People look at the damage caused by floods in Derna, eastern Libya, on 11 September, 2023.

5 things you should know about the impact of the floods on children and young people in Libya. 

Nearly 300,000 children are estimated to have been exposed to the powerful Storm Daniel.

Nearly 4,000 people have died and 9,000 more have been reported missing (including children).

Homes, schools and health centres have been impacted, with at least three hospitals out of service.

Strong winds of up to 80 km per hour brought down electricity towers and trees.

UNICEF's delivering life-saving humanitarian aid to children and their families.

A young girl carrying a UNICEF box.©UNICEF/UNI195727/Khuzaie

What can you do to help?

Gather your family, friends and school and fundraise for children and their families in Libya. 

How to deal with upsetting news

When natural disaster strikes or conflict breaks out, it is ok to feel scared, worried or sad. Adults can feel this way too. When you are feeling this way, it is important to remember:

It’s in the news because it doesn’t happen often.

  • When bad things happen, it is also a time when people come together to help each other.
  • If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it is ok to switch off and stop reading.
  • Share how you feel and ask your parents and teachers questions.
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