Iraq: Mosul Humanitarian Response Situation Report No. 26 (20-26 March 2017) [EN/AR/KU]

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 26 Mar 2017

Highlights

• On 23 March, national and international media reported the death of a large number of civilians in the densely-populated neighborhood of Al Aghwat Al Jadidah in West Mosul. The cause and exact number of casualties have not yet been established.

• An estimated 220,000 people are currently displaced from West Mosul since 19 February 2017, according to figures received from the Government of Iraq.

• The cumulative number of IDPs from the beginning of the Mosul Operation on 17 October 2016 has exceeded 350,000 people. With an estimated 76,000 people having returned to their places of origin, more than 279,000 people (46,500 families) are currently in displacement, according to IOM’s Data Tracking Matrix (DTM).

• Around 3,215 fully-serviced family tents are currently available for immediate use in zones East and North of Mosul City. Camp construction and site expansion are accelerating to meet needs.

• Since the start of the Mosul Operation, 782,469 people, including 430,358 children, from East and West Mosul have received rapid response mechanism (RRM) kits. As people may have been displaced multiple times, it is possible that they have been in need of RRM assistance more than once.

Situation Overview

As the fighting to retake Mosul intensifies, civilian lives are being increasingly put at extreme risk. On 23 March, national and international media reported the death of a large number of civilians in the densely-populated neighbourhood of West Mosul, Al Aghawat Al Jadidah. The cause and exact number of casualties have not yet been established.

According to DTM, the cumulative number of IDPs since the beginning of the Mosul Operation on 17 October 2016 has exceeded 350,000 people (58,000 families). However, with more than 76,000 people having returned to their places of origin, more than 279,000 people (46,500 families) are currently in displacement. According to figures received from the Government of Iraq, an estimated 220,000 people have been displaced from West Mosul alone since 19 February 2017.

Partners have also reported that returns to eastern Mosul City continue from Zones East and North, particularly from Nargizlia, Qaymawa, Hassansham, and Khazer Camps.

Emergency packages of food and water have been distributed to new arrivals at the Hammam al-Alil screening site, and water is also being distributed at muster points. Since the start of the Mosul Operation, RRM partners have distributed emergency kits to 782,469 people, including 430,358 children.

The Ministry of Migration and Displacement (MoDM) reported the distribution of 15,800 dry food rations and 4,000 fast food kits: 10,000 dry food rations in Jad’ah Camp, 250 food rations in Hai Al-Masarf and Al-Zuhoor, 250 food rations in Nimrud, 5,000 Sulaimaniyah, 300 food rations in Erbil, and the 4,000 fast food kits in Dohuk, during this reporting period.

The continued influx of people fleeing western Mosul has led humanitarian partners to scale up capacity to meet the pressing needs of the affected people. As of the evening of 26 March, some 3,215 fully-serviced plots were available for immediate occupation in the North and East Zones of Mosul City. Additional camp construction and site expansion are planned, and the installation of water and sanitation services is accelerating across camps and emergency sites. A partner has started preparation for a new camp, Al-Salamiyah 2, ten kilometres south of the town of Hammam al-Alil for up to 60,000 IDPs and is expected to have an initial 5,000 plots. Once completed, the camp is planned to provide 10,000 plots.

Trauma casualty rates across Mosul remain high. Since the military operation in western Mosul began on 19 February, services of Trauma Stabilization Points for conflict-related injuries have become increasingly in demand. The total number of hospital referrals for trauma cases between 17 October 2016 and 26 March 2017 was 6,067 cases, including 1,543 cases from West Mosul alone since February.

During this reporting period, partners announced the completion of a joint project of opening a trauma section of the Athba Field Hospital, which is now ready to receive patients from West Mosul. The emergency obstetric section and delivery of equipment will also begin soon.

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