Iraq announces state of emergency in several provinces, including Kirkuk

Due to heavy rains and flooding
Residents of Pirde town, south of Erbil use boats as heavy rains caused floods in their neighborhoods, April 2, 2019.

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SULAIMANI — The Government of Iraq announced Tuesday (April 2) a state of emergency in several provinces across the country due to flooding.

With forecasters calling for additional rain over the next several days, Deputy Minister of Interior Aqil Khaz Ali said that the state of emergency would affect Kirkuk, Nineveh, Saladin, Diyala, Wasit, and Maysan provinces.

Municipal teams are preparing to assist residents during the expected flooding, he added.

A number of villagers living along the Tigris River in Saladin province have already been evacuated and transferred to other areas.

The Governor of Baghdad also announced a state of emergency in the province on Sunday.

Iraq and the Kurdistan Region have been experiencing heavy rain and flooding since last week, which have caused damage to property and infrastructure.

The Dukan reservoir has reached its full capacity and water is expected to enter bell-mouth spillway in the coming hours, which will cause levels on the Little Zab River downstream of the dam to rise.

(NRT Digital Media)