Press Releases & Statements

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 23:31

IOM Responds to Flooding in Iraq

Ninawa, 27 November 2018 – Large-scale flooding beginning on the morning of Friday (23/11) has wreaked havoc across Iraq, killing several people and causing widespread damage to homes, infrastructure and agriculture, and worsening the living conditions of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

BAGHDAD, 26 November– In Iraq, women and girls from different backgrounds remain at risk of violence, in their homes, at school and in public spaces.

Baghdad, 26 November 2018 --- The World Health Organization (WHO) has conducted an urgent needs-assessment mission to Qayyarah’s Jadaa internally displaced person (IDP) camps in Ninewa governorate to assess the health situation of the population affected by the heavy rain which caused flash flooding in a number of IDP camps in the governorate. Tens of thousands of families have lost all their belongings and are reported to be in dire need of food, drinking water, medicine, and hygiene kits.

Statement by the Heads of UN agencies, UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF and UN WOMEN, calling for solidarity with survivors and survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders who are working to prevent and end violence against women and girls.

Baghdad, Iraq – 24 November 2018 - The United Nations and international and local humanitarian partners have joined the Government of Iraq’s specialized agencies in providing support for the tens of thousands of victims of the severe flooding which swept many areas of Salah Eddin and Ninewa Governorates.

25 November 2018 Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic. It is a moral affront to all women and girls, a mark of shame on all our societies and a major obstacle to inclusive, equitable and sustainable development.

Baghdad, 22 November 2018: The Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, Ms. Kelly T. Clements, completed a three-day visit to Iraq where she met with senior Iraqi and Kurdish ministers in Baghdad and Erbil, members of the international community, and visited recovering neighbourhoods in Mosul, and camps for displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees.

BAGHDAD, 22 November 2018 -”The violence that took the lives of four school children today and injured several others in al-Shoura subdistrict south of the city of Mosul is a stark reminder that the vicious cycle of violence continues in Iraq.

20 November 2018 Erbil – In April 2016, Iraq experienced its peak of displacement with approximately 3.42 million individuals forced to flee their homes.

Baghdad, 20 November 2018 --- Laboratory tests conducted on water samples in the reference lab in Amman, Jordan on the cause of death of freshwater fish in the Euphrates River in Iraq have revealed the contamination of water with high content of coliforms, heavy metals, and high concentration of ammonia.

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