Nineveh Provincial Council announces state of emergency after flooding

Heavy rains inundated province
Heavy rains cause flood in Nineveh

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SULAIMANI — Nineveh Provincial Council announced a state of emergency Saturday (December 1) after the province was hit by flooding caused by heavy rains in the western part of the province.

Civil defense teams have launched rescue operations for to aid affected families in Mosul, the Council said in a statement.

The recently constructed “Naatuk” iron bridge is at risk of being washed away by floodwaters, which have risen as much as one meter in some places, the statement added.

In an effort to discourage the public from traveling in treacherous conditions, the Council announced a holiday on Sunday.

Heavy rains have hit parts of Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region, over the last two days. 

Floods hit Erbil, Duhok, Zakho, and Kirkuk early on Saturday, causing damage to dozens of houses in those cities.

(NRT Digital Media)