High-resolution satellite images of the port city of Derna after massive floods, Libya

High-resolution satellite image of the port city of Derna after massive floods, Libya


Derna, a northeastern Libyan town, grappled with catastrophic flooding after Medicane “Marquesa” made landfall on September 10, 2023. The subsequent deluge, equivalent to several months of rain in just a day, resulted in extensive damage and a rising death toll, with thousands still missing.

The coastal city of Derna (population 90 000), faced catastrophic flooding following the landfall of Medicane “Marquesa”, also referred to as Storm Daniel, on September 10. The deluge, equivalent to several months of rain, occurred within a mere day, resulting in the breach of two dams. This unleashed a massive flow of water, causing extensive damage throughout the city. As assessments continue, the death toll is alarmingly rising, with thousands still unaccounted for.

Satellite imagery, presented below, captures the devastating aftermath of these floods. By late afternoon on September 12, local authorities confirmed that the fatalities in the region had surpassed 5 300. Yet, with many still missing, this number is feared to increase.

Libyan media sources quote the country’s Minister of Health, who anticipates the death toll could potentially escalate to 10 000, with up to 100 000 individuals missing.

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Featured image credit: Nahel Belgherze via Planet Labs, X. Edit: The Watchers

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  1. We can only hope that the Western faction of Libya rushes to the aid of its stricken brethren, even though the two halves fought bitterly to this day. And that puppet masters of this war (and others), near and far, see the light and repent their ways.
    Much like Ace after the 2004 tsunami. The Indonesian govt rushed in with aid and comfort, and defused bloody decades of rebellion and repression. Not perfect; but much, much better.
    Disaster response as a knee-jerk, systematic, combined peace-making reaction on every political level, from every sane actor. Triage insane actors from this decision process. Give birth to local peace and lessened terror: something good, rare, lasting, fragile and precious; born and raised from disaster’s hyper-terror, ruin, hard work of repair and sorrow for dear departed.

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