Torrential rain has caused flooding in parts of northern and central Iraq. At least 5 people died after flooding caused a house to collapse in Diyala. Authorities said conditions in Nineveh, Salah ad-Din and Diyala were “tragic”.
Severe flooding was reported in the city of Mosul in Nineveh Governorate after 124mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 18 March, which is around twice the average rainfall for March. Streets of the city were flooded, damaging buildings and vehicles. Some residents living close to the Tigris River evacuated their homes, mostly in areas north of the city.
Media reported at least one home completely collapsed in Diyala Governorate, killing 5 members of the same family.
Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) said that the flooding has caused serious damages and displaced “a large number of people” in central and northern Iraq, including a number of camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs).
The Commission said many parts of Nineveh, Salah ad-Din and Diyala have been dealing with “tragic conditions”.
Some hospitals and health centres in Nineveh have been damaged at a crucial time, hindering efforts to deal with the spread of the coronavirus. IHCHR warned of a “health-environmental double disaster” with a population of nearly 2 million struggling with the impacts of flooding and the virus.
Floods of water cover vast areas in the city of #Mosul/#Iraq with heavy rain continuing to pour down today.
سيول تغطي مناطق عديدة في مدينة #الموصل/#العراق مع استمرار تساقط الامطار هذا اليوم ⛈ #خليك_في_البيت #Iraq pic.twitter.com/jUUNyrM39Y
— Radio Alghad (@AlgahdFM) March 18, 2020
This is #Mosul city today as heavy raining has resulted in a flood, which covers most of the streets & stores. Mosul was liberated from #ISIS on Dec 2017, while its rebuilding is still to begin by the government, & the city remains in ruins. pic.twitter.com/J7bmD4vWR9
— شباب التغيير #العراق (@YcIraq) March 18, 2020
While we all are busy with #oil price collapse, #economic crisis and #COVID19 outbreak, please keep the people of #Mosul and other northern provinces of #Iraq in your mind and prayers as they struggle with floods and cold weather. pic.twitter.com/4wEF5MpsIV
— Yesar Al-Maleki (@yesar) March 18, 2020