Call for Libya Flood Relief

Sep 27, 2023

Following the horrific earthquake in Morocco, on Sunday, September 10, 2023, Libya was struck by a calamity of unprecedented magnitude. Storm Daniel, akin to a Mediterranean hurricane, led to an unprecedented deluge in Derna. Entire communities were obliterated — with a death toll of 11,300, and 10,100 missing, the scale of destruction is unfathomable.

In addition to this incalculable loss of human life, dams have collapsed, bridges were decimated, and neighbourhoods lay in ruin. The reports of cries echoing from beneath the debris, with bodies being washed back to shore from the sea, are a harrowing testament to the scale of human suffering.

The daunting consequences of this disaster include the rapid spread of waterborne diseases, and rehabilitation costs in the billions.

In light of the enormous challenge ahead and the dire need for immediate intervention, we at IDRF are actively mobilizing our resources and expertise. We urgently call upon our global network for support.

Emergency Relief:

IDRF recognizes the urgency of the situation and is swiftly delivering emergency relief to those who have been affected by the floods. We are working with local partners in Libya, who have informed us that the following are of urgent need:


  1. Search and Rescue Initiatives: With thousands still missing, every moment counts. Our efforts include procuring specialized equipment and teams to support finding people under the rubble.
  2. Medical Supplies and Support: The need for medical assistance is dire. Beyond treating immediate injuries, there is a pressing need to prevent the outbreak of waterborne diseases. Our response encompasses emergency medical kits, medicines, trained personnel, and disinfectants to ensure a safe water supply.
  3. Shelter and Housing: Thousands have been displaced, seeking refuge from the aftermath. Providing tents bedding materials is paramount to ensure the well-being of the affected populace.
  4. Hot Meals and Supplementary Food: As food is urgently needed for families that have not eaten in days, our team will prioritize hot meals and supplementary food items to meet dietary requirements and support children’s nutrition.

How you can help

Thank you for your interest in helping the flood victims in Libya. Your support can truly make a difference in their lives. In addition to the immediate emergency relief efforts mentioned in the previous section, there are several other ways you can contribute to the recovery and rehabilitation process in Libya:


1. Monetary Donations: One of the most effective ways to assist in this crisis is by making a monetary donation to organizations like IDRF. Your financial support enables them to purchase essential supplies, equipment, and provide necessary services to those in need. No donation is too small, and every dollar counts.


2. Volunteer Opportunities: If you have the skills and time to spare, consider volunteering with organizations involved in flood relief efforts. Many organizations need volunteers to help with various tasks, including distributing aid, providing medical assistance, and assisting with search and rescue operations. Your presence on the ground can have a direct impact on the affected communities.


3. Fundraising Initiatives: Organize fundraising events or campaigns within your community, workplace, or social circles. Engage people in your network to contribute to the cause. You can host charity auctions, bake sales, or virtual fundraising events to collect funds for flood relief.


4. Spread Awareness: Use your voice and platforms to raise awareness about the situation in Libya. Share updates, photos, and stories of the affected communities on social media. Encourage your friends and followers to donate and get involved in relief efforts.


5. Donate Supplies: In addition to monetary donations, some organizations may also accept donations of specific supplies such as clean water, non-perishable food items, blankets, clothing, and hygiene products. Check with local relief organizations or charities for their specific needs and drop-off locations.


6. Advocate for Climate Action: The devastating floods in Libya are a stark reminder of the urgent need to address the global climate crisis. Advocate for climate action policies in your own community and support organizations that work to combat climate change. Climate resilience and preparedness can reduce the impact of such disasters in the future.


7. Long-Term Support: Remember that the recovery process in Libya will be a long-term effort. Consider pledging ongoing support for rehabilitation and reconstruction projects in the affected areas. Long-term commitments can help communities rebuild and become more resilient to future disasters.


By coming together and taking these actions, we can provide hope and assistance to the people of Libya as they face the daunting task of rebuilding their lives and communities. Your support, whether through donations, volunteering, or advocacy, can play a vital role in helping them recover from this devastating flood and build a more resilient future.


The unprecedented flooding in Libya is grave evidence of the mounting climate crisis. In the midst of ongoing conflict, countries like Libya are particularly vulnerable to climate disasters.

Organizations like IDRF are working tirelessly to provide flood relief and support to those affected. Your compassion and generosity can make a significant impact on the lives of these victims. By donating, volunteering, or raising awareness, you can help the people of Libya on their path to recovery and rebuilding their communities.

Together, we can extend a helping hand in times of crisis and make a positive difference in the lives of those facing adversity.