WHO Iraq Humanitarian Emergency Situation Report - Issue #9: 1 - 30 November 2017
- European Union Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) releases an additional 7 million Euros to support the continuity of emergency trauma and essential lifesaving primary and secondary health care services for people affected by conflict in Iraq.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) airlifted trauma kits and medical supplies to support the treatment of over 550 injured by the earthquake in Iran-Iraq border region. The supplies, enough to provide surgical care for up to 4000 trauma patients, were delivered to hospitals and other health facilities.
- WHO conducted EWARN trainings for reporting sites in 11 Governorates north, central, and south the country.
- As of 30 November 2017, more than 250,000 consultations including more than 68,326 children less than 5 years were reported by WHO and its implementing partners in governorates hosting IDPs.
- Eight WHO supported mobile clinics were deployed to the newly accessed areas and the mustering and screening sites in Anbar Governorate.
- From mid-September to 15 November 2017, more than 10,000 people in Hawiija district have benefited from five WHO supported mobile medical teams. The support included 1,563 children vaccinated against childhood immunizable diseases.
- On 12 November 2017, an earthquake in the magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale hit northeast Iraq according to United States Geological Survey (USGS). The epicenter of the earthquake was located 32kms from the city of Halabja where approximately 1,840,000 people live. Nine fatalities and over 550 injuries were reported as a result of the earthquake, according to the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). The most earthquake related injuries were reported in districts of Darbandikhan, Halabja, and Garmyan. Many houses in the areas of Darbandikhan, Maidan, Qurato and Bamo have been damaged, and some have been severely destroyed.
- As of 30 November, the IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) has identified a total of 2,883,738 persons (480,623 families) still being displaced after January 2014, dispersed across 97 districts and 3,707 locations in Iraq. For the same period, DTM has also identified 2,759,658 returnees (459,943 families).
- As of 29 November, a total of 2,759,658 persons have returned to their places of origin, including 211,200 returnees to Kirkuk according to IOM DTM. More returnees are expected to return to Hawija district in Kirkuk with the reconciliation agreement signed recently by district authorities, community, and religious leaders. Decontamination of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in return locations is considered a priority for the increased sustainable returns in the district, according to OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin for Iraq.