Newsletter

OCT 2023-JAN 2024

Supporting the IRC response to Storm Daniel

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2021-2024

International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC works in more than 50 countries and in 28 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities. We funded IRC’s efforts supporting thousands of Afghans resettling in the US in 2021, supported its relief operations in Pakistan following the devastating floods that left a third of the country underwater in 2022, and are currently contributing to its emergency response operations in eastern Libya.

CHALLENGE

Unprecedented floods struck eastern Libya after Storm Daniel made landfall on 10 September 2023, leading to the collapse of two dams south of the city of Derna and sweeping away entire neighbourhoods. Over 40,000 people have been displaced across the country and the Ministry of Health has confirmed the deaths of 4,000 people.

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ACTION

The IRC has been present in Libya since 2016, providing essential healthcare and protection to vulnerable Libyans, refugees and migrants affected by the country’s protracted crisis. The IRC has scaled up its programmes to assist those impacted by the tragedy and is working in three main areas:

  • Health services: IRC teams and their partners are filling the gaps in the provision of medical equipment, supplies and medicines, and offering logistical and technical support to medical facilities, including field hospitals and public health centres. In addition, IRC’s mobile medical teams are helping with emergency medical screenings, treatments and referrals.
  • Protection services: thousands of women and children have had to leave their homes in search of safe shelter. IRC teams are providing the most vulnerable with individual protection assistance and psychosocial support to prevent their exposure to further risks. IRC is also distributing dignity kits that contain hygiene and sanitary items, as well as other items explicitly tailored to women’s and girls’ needs.
  • Basic household items: The IRC is also delivering critical items including first aid kits, nappies, diapers, clothing and other essentials to support displaced families.

IMPACT

7,000
+

PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THE FLOODS REACHED SO FAR

(as of Nov 2023)

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©International Rescue Committee / Majduldeen Alhlafi

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© International Rescue Committee/ Ahmed Rashed

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© International Rescue Committee/ Ahmed Rashed

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© International Rescue Committee/ Ahmed Rashed

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©International Rescue Committee / Majduldeen Alhlafi

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© International Rescue Committee/ Ahmed Rashed

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© International Rescue Committee/ Ahmed Rashed

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© International Rescue Committee/ Ahmed Rashed