Iraq - Flood (DG ECHO, WHO, IRCS, NOAA) (ECHO Daily Flash of 9 April 2019)

Recent flooding along the Tigris River has resulted in the displacement of 545 families in Maysan Governorate, with a further 2 000 families at risk following reported damage to a small number of IDP camps.

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) reports that heavy rain caused damage to more than 60 families after the villages of Huweder, Dawai, and Shafta (Diyala Governorate) were flooded. Food parcels have been distributed to at least 270 families affected in Salah al-Din Governorate.

For the next five days, moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast over the south-eastern governorates of Iraq.

The response is being managed by civil defense teams and NGOs. Contingency planning and preparedness measures had been put in place after earlier flooding episodes. Governmental crisis cells have been activated in both federal Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.