Flooding in northern Iraq displaces 18,000

  • UPI
  • 22/11/2006 00:00:00

BAGHDAD -- Flooding in Kurdish areas in Iraq has killed at least 20 people, made 3,000 families homeless and caused large mudslides.

Mazin Abdullah Salom of the International Red Crescent Society told the U.N. Integrated Regional Information Network on Tuesday that thousands of houses have been destroyed in Dahuk, Arbil and Sulaimaniyah. He said at least 18,000 people have been displaced.

Haji Kemeran Ali, a farmer, and seven members of his family now share a small tent.

"We told both the central and regional governments many times that we are vulnerable in these houses and demanded for their urgent help," he said.

Aid workers say that much of the infrastructure, including bridges and schools, has been demolished, livestock killed and fruit trees destroyed.

  • UPI
  • 22/11/2006 00:00:00