On Sunday 10 September, Storm Daniel hit Libya. More than 11,300 people are known to have died after the catastrophic Mediterranean storm burst two dams and flooded the eastern port city of Derna.

Over 10,000 people are missing after torrents of water and debris swept away entire districts. Bodies are being recovered from the sea.

Storm Daniel has destroyed houses and utility supplies, leaving many areas without any electrical power or water. Families seeking refuge at shelters have lost everything.

Hundreds of homes are buried under mud and debris, and the fear is that many people are also buried in the mud.

People are without the basics such as access to clean water and proper sanitation facilities to prevent the risk of diseases.

The scenes in Libya are heartbreaking. With critical infrastructure, including hospitals and homes, washed away by the flooding we are seeing people without the basics such as access to clean water and proper sanitation to prevent the risk of diseases. 

– Michael Mosselmans, Christian Aid’s Head of Humanitarian Division

Christian Aid has therefore launched an appeal to strengthen the support we can give through our partner, Dan Church Aid, to people who have lost their homes, livelihoods and loved ones.

Please give today to support our life-saving response to this emergency.

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Our response:

We are working together with Dan Church Aid, our partner, who are long-established in Libya. Emergency supplies, to meet the most basic and pressing needs, will be given out to families who are facing the coming weeks without a home or any of their possessions:

  • Medical assistance, supplies and pharmaceuticals
  • Emergency shelter
  • Sanitation and hygiene kits
  • Food

Longer term, Dan Church Aid will look to contribute rubble clearance and reconstruction efforts, using machinery. With winter approaching, needs will become even more acute, so they will be helping families prepare.

In this critical moment, we seek your solidarity and compassion. Together, we can make a tangible difference in the lives of those affected by this crisis.

Thank you,

Michael Mosselmans

Head of Humanitarian

Christian Aid


P.S. Families have been devastated, losing their homes and the people they love. If you can, please give now, to send life-saving supplies to those most in need.