Iraq - Floods: Update No. 2 (as of 10 April 2019)

This report is produced by OCHA Iraq in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 4-10 April 2019

Highlights

• Impacts of heavy seasonal rains in late March/early April now evident in several governorates

• Effects of rising water levels include temporary evacuation of affected persons, damaged infrastructure, and flooded agricultural areas

• Governmental crisis cells continue to meet in both federal Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq where necessary, to manage the humanitarian response

• The humanitarian community continues to assess options for additional support based on identified needs in coordination with local, regional and national governments

Situation Overview

The severe weather of late March/early April has largely passed, with only isolated storms recorded over the last week. However, the acute impact of drastically increased water levels in the Tigris River and its tributaries is now more evident in several provinces, including in the south of the country. The Government of Iraq and Kurdistan Regional Government continue to act as first responders, but certain governorates have requested additional support from humanitarian partners. The preferred solutions for those temporarily displaced by flood waters is accommodation with relatives or neighbors, and/or collective shelter in community buildings. The humanitarian community is coordinating with local, regional and national authorities to identify needs and opportunities for support, where requested.

Provincial authorities in Kirkuk have announced that the threat of floods has eased in the governorate, but its neighboring governorates of Salah al-Din and Sulaymaniyah continue to record damage and displacement caused by increased water levels, as do Diyala, Wassit and Missan.

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