The North African country of Libya is dealing with the aftermath of cataclysmic flooding wrought by Storm Daniel, a Mediterranean tropical-like cyclone, or “medicane,” which inundated the city of Derna and caused two dam collapses.
Over 10,000 people are missing, and at least 2,300 victims have been reported dead as of Tuesday, although the death toll is expected to rise.
In a press conference on Sep. 11, Ahmed al-Mismari, a spokesperson for the Libyan National Army, explained that “entire neighborhoods” in Derna were swept away by the waters.
As the situation continues unfolding, here are ways to support the survivors of the floods in Derna and across Libya.
Donate to the International Medical Corps
Units from the International Medical Corps are currently helping Libyan people meet their immediate needs by providing support with “shelter, mobile health services, and water, sanitation, and hygiene.”
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), alongside the Libyan Red Crescent, is already on the ground, providing support to survivors of the floods. According to the Libyan Red Crescent’s Facebook page, the group’s volunteers are also “playing a heroic role in addressing the … crisis, helping evacuate stranded [people], search for missing, and alleviating floods in the affected cities.”
The flooding in Libya is not the only disaster to strike Northern Africa in recent days. Morocco is still recovering from a massive 6.8 magnitude earthquake, which killed at least 2,900 people and injured over 5,500 more.
To support the survivors of the earthquake, you can donate to the Banque Alimentaire, which is distributing food across Morocco. The International Medical Corps is also requesting aid to help Moroccans as the organization deploys emergency relief units in the country.