Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi headed an emergency meeting of the Civil Crisis Management Cell to discuss the effects of the floods that hit the Shirqat area and other areas in the provinces of Salahuddin and Nineveh and southern Iraq.
At least 10 people were killed and 22 others
wounded in the massive floods in southern and northern Iraqi provinces, according to the
latest statistics released by the Ministry of Health.
The state news agency also reported floods in the southern province of Dhi Qar, saying that a house collapsed in the city, killing two residents.
Pressure was piled on Iraq’s new government, which is now obligated to provide services
and fix the infrastructure in provinces, after unusual heavy, early rainfall in recent weeks, not to mention the efforts required to reconstruct cities hardly hit by war against ISIS.
Footage from the state-run Iraqi news agency showed people in Salahuddin province, where Shirqat is located, escaping their half-submerged homes in small boats.
“Some 3,000 people are now homeless after fleeing their villages,”Shirqat Mayor Ali Dodah said.
Officials in Tikrit, the Salahuddin provincial capital, called for rescue helicopters to be sent to help with evacuations.