A million people could die if key Iraqi dam breaksListen /
One of the Middle East's largest dams it at risk of a "catastrophic" outburst which could kill up to a million people, a senior UN official in Iraq has confirmed.
Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for the UN Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), said that a devastating break in the Mosul Dam in the north-east of the country was "a possibility", after years of poor-maintenance resulting from conflict.
Recent news reports quoting Iraqi engineers who helped build the dam, suggest that it's in imminent danger of collapse, and that a 20-metre flood wall could swamp the large city of Mosul, currently occupied by the ISIL terrorist group.
Matthew Wells asked Ms Grande how important the Mosul Dam was to Iraq.