Iraq: Floods - Nov 2018Ongoing
Torrential rainfall on 22-23 November caused severe flooding across Iraq, leading to the displacement of thousands of people and multiple deaths and injuries. Ninewa and Salah al-Din are the most heavily affected governorates, with bridges, roads and villages being inundated; damage was also recorded in the southern part of the country. 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. (OCHA, 25 Nov 2018)
Assessments by humanitarian actors in Ninewa have identified immediate needs as tent replacement, provision of WASH services, and drainage/clearing operations in the Qayyarah Airstrip camp, Jeddah camps 1 through 6, Salamiyah camps 1 & 2, Hamam Al Alil camp 2 and Nimrud Camp. Food rations and NFI kits are also required as people remain displaced from home. In Salah al-Din, Rapid Needs Assessments have identified immediate needs of food, mattresses, blankets, heaters, medical assistance and cash. There are concerns regarding unexploded ordinance (UXO) in the affected villages, which may affect the humanitarian response. Needs in Salah al-Din are being primarily met by local authorities, I/NNGO partners are the Iraqi Red Crescent. An assessment mission to Al Qurna district in Basra identified very limited casualties and damage attributable to the heavy rains. (OCHA, 27 Nov 2018.)
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The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has provided urgent relief and food aid for the families besieged by the heavy torrents in Zarbatia district in Wasit governorate, where the IRCS`s teams have cooperated with the air force to transport food parcels and relief items such as mattresses, blankets, and tents for the affected families by torrents, adding to relief the injured and evacuating the urgent conditions to the specialized medical centers.
The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has announced that the rising in the numbers of families affected by the torrents in the township of Baldaroz to more than 250 families.
The IRCS has reported in a statement: “The teams of the IRCS have entered the affected areas in Mandali district of Baladroz township and registered more than 250 families who were affected by the upcoming rains, where the relief teams have secured their relief needs including food parcels, blankets, and other relief items needed by families in their daily use. ”
A number of villages in Rawandoz district in Erbil governorate were swept by the water torrents and it has led to the drowning of 102 houses in Warti area in Rawandoz district that witnessed heavy rain during the last two days and created torrents which caused damages to the houses of the citizens and the public facilities .