Published on: September 15, 2023

Storms & Flooding

Libya Dam Bursting and Flooding

Libya Large Scale Devastating Disaster 10 September, 2023

The torrential rainfall resulting from Storm Daniel caused the collapse of two dams that protect Derna from the seasonal river, the Wadi Derna.

The collapse of the two dams saw a torrent of mud-brown water sweep away bridges, causing the collapse of several multi-story bridges and the destruction of fields and farmland. “I am not exaggerating when I say that 25% of the city has disappeared,” Hichem Chkiouat, from the government of Eastern Libya, said.

With many roads destroyed by raging floodwaters, as well as the floods knocking out internet and telecom services, getting aid to the survivors is a challenge. WHO estimates that over 1.8 million people have been affected by the floods.

The floods also saw the closure of four oil ports as a precautionary measure, however, these reopened as of the 13th of September.

Map of Affected Area

Business Interruption Coverage Issues

  • Government assistance considerations
  • Prevention of access – inability to access businesses due to the closure of roads
  • Property damage to local businesses
  • Public utilities – damage to providers of electricity, gas, sewage, and telecommunications
  • Closure of premises by public authority – closure or evacuation of Insured premises
  • Losses resulting from supply chain issues
  • Early involvement of the appropriate experts can help with the need for any mitigation efforts.

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