The Environmental Dimensions of Libya’s Flood Disaster


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(COEBS) The Storm Daniel medicane made landfall in Libya on 10th September, after causing record-breaking rainfall and flooding in Greece. Winds of 70-80 km/h damaged infrastructure and generated dust storms, whilst record rainfall of between 150-240 mm caused flash flooding in the wadis (seasonal rivers) of the Jebel Akhdar plateau.

A weather system like Storm Daniel was unprecedented in Libya. Scientists had calculated it as a 1-in-300 to 1-in-600 year event. However, climate change makes such an event 50 times more likely, and up to 50% more intense. It is likely that warmer sea surface temperatures in the Mediterranean played a role, this year they were 2-3°C above average.

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Published: Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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