UN mission assists Iraqi flood victims

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The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) stands ready to further assist the country in the wake of recent severe flooding along the Tigris River basin.

A UNAMI statement estimates that 5,000 people in Salaheddine province had to be evacuated due to the floods which resulted from heavy rainfall in late January.

The mission and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) have distributed emergency supplies to 600 families, including mattresses, blankets and heaters, with plans to help another 600 families in the coming days.

UN agencies also plan to conduct first assessments of the needs in the province, including issues related to water-borne and communicable diseases and damaged schools.

Salaheddine province is located north of the capital, Baghdad, and local authorities say the flooding has caused around $230 million in damage.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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