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May 2024

Libya dam bursts: Climate change is not always the villain

Source: Middle East Insurance Review | Apr 2024

Climate change alone cannot be labelled as the cause of the failure of two dams in Derna, Libya in September 2023. It was a mix of sociopolitical chaos, neglected and ageing infrastructure, catastrophic cyclonic landfall, poor crisis management and perhaps climate change as well that led to a death toll of over 8,000 and wiped out around a quarter of the city.

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