Mosul Humanitarian Crisis, 4 April 2017

News and Press Release
Originally published


310,000 People are currently displaced

3,800 family plots are immediately available to shelter displaced people in emergency camps

2,300 m³ water is trucked every day to eastern Mosul by humanitarian partners

6,067 people referred from frontline areas to hospitals to receive treatment for trauma injuries

54,700 children have received psychosocial support

673,000 people have received essential household supplies


  • More than five months into the military operation to retake Mosul City from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), civilians continue to have significant humanitarian needs. These needs are most severe among displaced families, both in and out of camps, and vulnerable residents in newly accessible areas.

  • On 19 February, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) resumed military operations to retake western Mosul from ISIL. The humanitarian impact has been significant. Since the new offensive began, more than 235,700 people (39,300 families) from west Mosul have been displaced to camps and emergency sites as of 3 April, according to IOM’s emergency tracking and the Government of Iraq.

  • As of 3 April 2017, an estimated 300,000 people (50,000 families) are currently living in displacement as a result of the military operations to retake Mosul, according to government figures. Cumulative displacement from west and east Mosul and surrounds was estimated at almost 400,000 people as of 3 April by the authorities, and returns at over 90,000.

  • An estimated 400,000 people in western neighbourhoods of Mosul city remain largely inaccessible to humanitarians, sheltering from the fighting, or waiting for an opportune time to flee. Serious concerns remain for the protection of civilians in west Mosul, where food, water, medicine and fuel are running low.
    Given the narrow streets and high population density in western Mosul city, people are at great risk of being caught in crossfire, and infrastructure is likely to sustain damage.

  • Trauma casualty rates from Mosul City remain high. From 17 October 2016 to 3 April 2017, more than 6,000 hospital referrals were made from east and west Mosul, including 1,500 cases from west Mosul since 19 February.

  • Emergency response packages of food and water are being distributed to families arriving at the Hammam al-Alil screening site from west Mosul. More than 1.8 million people have received emergency response packages since mid-October, including almost 520,000 people from west Mosul.

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