Iraq – Floods Affecting 200,000 in Relief Camps

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, reported on 26 February that the torrential rain and flooding in Iraq 10 days ago have damaged shelters and communal infrastructure in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in southern Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the central region of Iraq.

UNHCR says that flooding occurred in at least 24 camps, affecting some 201,661 people.

“According to the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster, shelters were damaged in at least 16 camps and four camps housing 49,465 people are still under assessment,” UNHCR added.

Several camps in Anbar Governorate have also been badly affected with around 500 tents damaged. Flooding also damaged essential relief items and food belonging to around 900 families.

From 16 February heavy rain brought flooding to parts of Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. According to media reports, at least 3 people died in the flooding, including 2 soldiers in Turkey.