Thousands of people are reported to have died and at least 10,000 more are missing in Libya after a devastating Mediterranean storm burst dams, triggering flash floods that swept away buildings and wiped out as much as a quarter of the eastern coastal city of Derna. The death toll is likely to be much higher once emergency crews are able to access the entire area. As of Tuesday, September 12, 2023, more than 40,000 have been displaced.

Learn more about the floods in Libya in these news articles:

When crises occur, Maxar is committed to supporting the humanitarian community by providing critical and actionable information to assist response efforts and fulfill our purpose, For A Better World. As part of our Open Data Program, Maxar will publicly release data of the affected areas to support response efforts as it becomes available.

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Imagery has been posted on our Open Data Program website. Please continue to check this site and our social media channels for updates on additional post-event data.

Pre-event satellite image of Derna, Libya, from July 1, 2023.

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