Libya flooding

Since 11 September, unprecedented floods have devastated Libya after Storm Daniel caused two dams to burst. There has been a catastrophic loss of life and impact on the community.

We would like to offer our sympathy and support to anyone affected by this emergency. We are working closely with colleagues across the University to contact all staff and students who are nationals, domiciled or studying away in Libya to offer our support and ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community.

We understand that the situation will be distressing, particularly for students attending distance learning programmes in Libya and for this reason, we are liaising with Schools to minimise any impact on their studies.


If you would like to donate to assist with emergency relief efforts, the IFRC (British Red Cross/ Libyan Red Crescent) has launched an emergency appeal.

Donations will go towards first aid and medical assistance, assisting with rescues, evacuating families and provision of food, water and emergency shelter kits.

Donate to the Libya Floods Appeal

We are all so shocked by the massive flooding in Eastern Libya, and want our students and staff members from the area to feel the full support of the University, and for what it means to belong to the University of Edinburgh community. We offer gatherings for people affected by emergencies like these -  for students and staff  to share, connect with others who have been affected and talk in a quiet, supportive and welcoming space.

Reverend Dr Harriet Harris
University Chaplain

Community gathering

On Monday 18 September, the Chaplaincy Centre hosted a hybrid gathering of staff and students in support of those affected by the Libyan floods, offering support to those who joined in person or online. 

The Chaplaincy provides care and support 24/7 for staff and students impacted by distressing global circumstances.