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Disaster Response. Step One.
Get There. 

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Situation Overview

On September 11th, 2023, catastrophic floods hit the northeastern region of Libya caused by Storm Daniel. The floods swept away critical infrastructure including dams in the Eastern city of Derna, tragically killing thousands of people. Whole neighborhoods were swept away leaving thousands injured and over 40,000 people displaced. Given the scale of the flooding and the standing complex crisis in Libya, Airlink is actively responding to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance. 

884,000 people have been affected by the flooding in Libya and are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. 3,845 documented deaths have been recorded by the Ministry of Health, though the total is suspected to be much higher. 

Urgent needs include health, food and drinking water, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), shelter and non-food items (NFIs), and mental health and psychosocial support. 40,059 people are displaced across Libya and lack access to essential services, including health services for which 50% of health facilities have been rendered partially or entirely non-functional, and WASH services as the threat of water-borne diseases increases over time. 

Airlink’s primary concept of operations remains airfreight into Cairo (CAI) and overland movement into northeastern Libya. This model is subject to change as Airlink continues to closely monitor the complexity of this crisis and its impediments to humanitarian access in the region.

The most pressing humanitarian needs include shelter, medical supplies and medical providers, food assistance, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) supplies and services.

The death toll stands at 11,300 and is expected to rise significantly as the search and rescue effort at sea and under debris continues. 10,000 people are missing and 30,000 have been displaced due to the severe infrastructural damage that destroyed a quarter of Derna and collapsed two dams along the Wadi Darnah river. Alternate routes have not yet been established for damaged roads and remain impassable for trucks. The Libyan government has issued an international call for assistance that has been met with aid and search and rescue team deployment from several governments, including Qatar, Türkiye, Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt. The hardest hit communities are Derna, Benghazi, and surrounding cities.

The most pressing humanitarian needs include shelter, medical supplies and medical providers, food assistance, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) supplies and services.

Airlink’s current concept of operations includes:

  • Round-trip flights for personnel into Cairo (CAI), Benina (BEN), and Mitiga (MJI)
  • Cargo movement into Cairo (CAI)
    • Specific flights to Benina (BEN) will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Cross-border movement from Cairo (CAI) to Derna, Benghazi, and surrounding cities

Airlink is closely monitoring the catastrophic floods that hit the northeastern region of Libya on September 11th caused by Storm Daniel.

The floods swept away critical infrastructure including dams in the Eastern city of Derna, tragically killing at least 2,000 people. Whole neighborhoods have been swept away leaving thousands injured and overwhelming hospitals in nearby cities. Over 10,000 people have been reported missing. Given the scale of the flooding and the standing complex crisis in Libya, Airlink is standing ready to support our responding NGO partners with logistics and airlift solutions. 

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