Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 19 April 2017 - Iraq
A humanitarian update from Iraq where colleagues tell is that high water levels of the Tigris left two key bridges in the Mosul area impassable this week, preventing displaced people from relocating to camps and emergency sites on the eastern bank, where the majority of space is available. Aid distributions in some camps and emergency sites were also affected, with suppliers unable to reach them.
One of the bridges, at Nimrud, reopened yesterday for civilian traffic and use by humanitarian workers. However, a key bridge at Qayyarah is likely to take two or three more days to be repaired. It is expected that water levels will remain high for a few more days, and impact on distributions and camp construction work is likely to continue.
So far, more than 336,000 people have been displaced from western Mosul since the start of military operations on the western neighbourhoods in late February. The cumulative number of displaced people since the beginning of the Mosul operation last fall has reached 484,000 people.