We do not have budget to compensate flood victims: KRG

Floodwater in Chamchamal town (Photo Credit : NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI – Spokesperson for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Safeen Dizayee said on Monday (April 1) that the government is not able to compensate the victims of recent flooding in the Region, saying that initial claims should be filed with the local authorities.

Dizayee told NRT Digital Media that the decision whether to compensate residents for damage caused by flooding will be up to the provincial councils and mayors' offices.

“If the damage is considerable and beyond the capacity of the provincial councils and mayors, they can send an account of the damage to the [KRG], but the government does not have a budget to offer compensation,” he said.

Heavy rains have hit the Kurdistan Region over the past week, causing localized flooding that has damaged homes and property and blocked  roads between the cities and towns.

(NRT Digital Media)