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Nineveh province declares state of emergency following flash flooding

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An Iraqi man walks amid a flooded street in Mosul. EPA
Iraqi authorities on Sunday declared a state of emergency after flash flooding and torrential rainfall battered Nineveh, further exacerbating the plight of the war-torn province.

In a statement, the provincial government urged "residents to stay away from the valley corridor as rescue teams are trying to take people out of the flooded areas".

Rainfall swept through several districts inside Nineveh's capital Mosul, as well as the south of the province, where eyewitnesses said the water level had risen to seven meters in Gassab Valley.

Lawmaker Mansour Al Marid called for a joint committee to be established between Baghdad's central government, international organization and the province's local council to develop plans to reconstruct the battered areas.

"The restoration of Mosul's city centre, infrastructure, including sewage systems must be addressed urgently to deal with the flooding situation," Mr Al Marid said.
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