Could deaths have been prevented in storm-ravaged Libya?

Extreme rainfall and flooding has devastated Libya, a country also grappling with years of conflict and economic crisis.

The UN Development Programme has issued an urgent appeal to donors for $71.4 million in humanitarian assistance to support those impacted in the wake of Storm Daniel.

In this blog for the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Nicolás Caso and Rodrigo Mena highlight how countries affected by conflict are more vulnerable to disaster.

“Beyond ending the violence, communities need to be provided with a safe environment that allows them to prepare and reduce the risk of being affected by disasters. The devastation caused by disasters like the Libya floods show the  interaction between conflict and disaster” write Caso and Mena.

Read the full PRIO bog “We Could Have Prevented Thousands of Deaths in Libya” here.