UNHCR distributes relief items to families displaced by Storm Daniel.
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Libya Flood Emergency

On 11 September 2023, Storm Daniel killed thousands of people and caused catastrophic flooding in eastern Libya. Six months on, the need is still huge. Donate now to help families recover and rebuild.

Torrential rain and flooding swept away entire neighbourhoods in the wake of Storm Daniel. At least 4,000 people were confirmed dead and 44,000 people were uprooted from their homes.    

The worst affected city was Derna, where two dams collapsed and forced 30,000 people to flee.  

Refugees and asylum seekers from Sudan and Syria, along with internally displaced people, were among those affected in the east of the country.  

UNHCR worked with partners to provide life-saving aid to those affected by this crisis. 

Dedicated teams distributed relief items to over 40,000 people, including blankets, hygiene supplies, solar lamps and kitchen sets.

UNHCR has also provided medical supplies to health authorities, supporting 10,000 people in Derna, and distributed cash assistance to over 2,400 people affected by the floods.

But the devastation is massive. We need your help to continue providing aid to families who've lost everything, helping them rebuild their lives.

"I am very thankful for receiving these mattresses and kitchen items, but I miss my house, my furniture, my own kitchen. I would give anything to get our home back." - Ikhlas, displaced person in Libya

Donate now to send more aid and supplies to Libya. Your donation can provide refugees and displaced people with cash assistance, helping them rebuild and pay for basic needs such as food and medicine.

Survival essentials

Your gift can provide essential items like tarpaulins, blankets, solar lamps and hygiene kits. 


Your gift can provide medical supplies and equipment to support primary healthcare clinics and outreach teams.


Your gift can provide protection and support for the most vulnerable, including children separated from their families.

What is happening in Libya?

Storm Daniel hit eastern Libya on 9 – 11 September, causing catastrophic floods and devastating several cities. At least 4,000 people are confirmed dead and an estimated 44,000 people have been uprooted from their homes.

The worst affected city was Derna, where two dams collapsed and swept away entire neighbourhoods and their residents.

Libya hosts 50,000 refugees and asylum seekers. Together with displaced Libyans, they were among the most vulnerable in the wake of this disaster.

How many refugees are in Libya?

There are 50,000 refugees and asylum seekers registered in Libya. The majority are from Sudan, Syria and Eritrea. Of these, more than 1,000 live in eastern Libya, including the affected areas. In addition, there are over 46,000 internally displaced people in eastern Libya.

What is UNHCR doing to help?

UNHCR is on the ground, working with national and international humanitarian partners to rush life-saving aid to refugees, displaced people and families affected by this crisis.

UNHCR is distributing emergency supplies – including blankets, plastic tarpaulins, kitchen sets, hygiene kits and clothes – and we’ve set up an emergency hotline. UNHCR is also providing cash assistance to help families affected by the crisis rebuild their lives with dignity.

What difference will my donation make?

Your donation will provide life-saving aid for vulnerable families affected by the floods. With your support, UNHCR can provide cash assistance, helping affected people pay for rent, food and other everyday expenses.

*In the event that UNHCR's response to the Libya Floods Emergency becomes fully funded, your contribution will go to provide life-saving assistance to people forced to flee from emergencies worldwide.

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The majority of funds raised by Australia for UNHCR are directed to UNHCR’s emergency operations, providing the ready funds and resources to respond quickly and effectively in situations of crisis and disaster.

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