Updated: 11/27/2018 1:03:09 AM
Aid agencies and government workers in Iraq scrambled on Tuesday to support tens of thousands of displaced people caught in flooding that killed at least 21 people.
Hundreds more were injured when rising waters swept several Iraqi provinces in the south and north over the past few days. Hundreds of homes were destroyed and tens of thousands of families displaced to safer areas, Iraqi officials and international humanitarian missions to Iraq said on Monday.
Villages near the town of Shirqat, 250 kilometers north of Baghdad and camps for the displaced in Qiyyara and Jaddaa south of Mosul were the hardest hit. All three sites are near the Tigris river.
Updated: 11/26/2018 1:13:30 AM
At least 21 people have died and tens of thousands displaced by torrential rains that have battered Iraq over two days, according to health officials and the United Nations.
Some had drowned due to floods, but others had died in car accidents, were electrocuted or were trapped when their houses collapsed, Seif al-Badr, spokesperson for Iraq's health ministry, told. At least 180 more were injured, he added.
An estimated 10,000 people in the province and 15,000 people in Nineveh are in desperate need of help, including families living in camps for internally displaced persons, the UN said on Saturday.
In the al-Sharqat district in Salahaddin, about 250 km north of the capital, Baghdad, thousands of homes were left totally underwater by the rains.
Updated: 11/25/2018 6:56:54 AM
More than 12 people dead in severe flooding in parts of Iraq. An estimated 10 000 people in Salah al-Din and 15 000 people in Ninewa need assistance, including thousands of families living in IDP camps.
"Rains flooded houses and farms, leaving some 3 000 people homeless," Ali Dodah, the mayor of Shirqat said. Many of the people escaped their half-submerged homes in small boats.
Rudaw news agency reported at least 12 people died as a result of floods in the province. The agency added that the floods damaged a camp housing of at least 30 internally displaced Yazidi families, with residents facing temperatures hovering around zero (°C).
Published Sunday, November 25, 2018
At least six people died in a wave of floods of torrential rain that fell Saturday on Iraq's eastern province of Wasit, the Iraqi government said.
"The hospitals of Wasit province received six bodies of people died of floods during the day," Sayf al-Badr, spokesman of the Iraqi Health Ministry said in a brief statement.
The office of Wasit provincial governor, Mohammed al-Maiyahi, said in a separate statement that the service offices of the provincial government are at highest alert, and declared a holiday on Sunday for the unstable weather. Maiyahi office said that there is high coordination with the Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, directly who confirmed his full support to Wasit province.
On Friday, Mahdi chaired an emergency meeting for the crisis management cell to discuss the effects of the floods that hit Shirqat area and some other areas in the provinces of Salahuddin and Nineveh in northern the country as well as areas in some southern provinces.
Iraq Flash Flood Facts
Affected Area: 100 km.
Alert Level: Yellow