A million people could die if key Iraqi dam breaks

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Lise Grande in a visit to Baharka IDP camp in northern Iraq. UNICEF File Photo

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.

Duration: 6'15"

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