Iraq: Flash Floods - Apr 2011
On 22 April, 2011 heavy rains started to fall in different areas in Iraq and continued for more than 35 hours, causing floods and severe damages to several governorates. "The incessant rains led to massive flooding, the biggest in the area in more than ten years," according to officials (IFRC).
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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) supports disaster response and preparedness activities in 20 countries by working closely with Humanitarian Coordinator’s (HC)/Resident Coordinator’s (RC) offices, OCHA Country Offices and Humanitarian Advisory Teams (HATs).
This report covers the period 01/01/11 to 31/12/11
This report covers the period 01 January 2011 to 30 June 2011.
To increase the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and the impact of disasters through the timely and adequate financial support for disaster response from the DREF.
January - March 2011
Foreword from the Chief of Mission
The beginning of 2011 has seen IOM continue its role at the forefront of emergency response, community stabilization and reintegration interventions in Iraq.
To ensure the successful implementation of these initiatives, the mission has sought to continually increase its presence on the ground. IOM now has over 250 national and international staff in Iraq operating out of 3 regional hubs (Baghdad, Erbil and Basrah) and 22 satellite offices.
1 . In paragraph 6 of its resolution 1936 (2010), the Security Council requested the Secretary-General to report to the Council every four months on the progress made towards the fulfilment of the responsibilities of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The present report is the third submitted pursuant to that resolution.
Foreword from the Chief of Mission
As we enter the second half of 2011 IOM has taken the lead in community stabilization while continuing its reintegration and its emergency assistance efforts within Iraq.
Maintaining awareness from its well placed and highly effective array of monitors, IOM has continuously assessed the status of fragile communities and supplied assistance according to their needs. There will continue to be particular emphasis on the most vulnerable groups in needy communities, including IDPs, returnees and female-headed households.
CHF 165,385 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 1000 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
During the week of April 20th, several governorates in northern and central Iraq experienced heavy storms, causing severe flooding which damaged or destroyed the homes of many vulnerable families. Many of the families affected by the flooding had been living in squatter settlements in improvised shelters generally built out of mud and reeds, making them especially fragile and unable to withstand the flooding and heavy rains.
The severe storms that occurred in Northern and Central Iraq in mid-April caused massive ﬂooding and damaged the homes of hundreds of families. The Rawanduz District and Warte sub-district of Erbil were particularly affected on Friday, April 22, with severe rainstorms ﬂooding a large portion of the Erbil governorate.
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Ninewa Province, Iraq - International Medical Corps was among the first humanitarian agencies delivering relief to residents of northern Iraq, where heavy rains and storms this week caused devastating flooding. Unleashing widespread damage to homes and infrastructure, the floods destroyed dozens of mud houses and inundated small towns and villages near the city of Mosul in the Sinjar region. Mosul, the center of Ninewa Province in northern Iraq, is located 250 miles northwest of Baghdad.