Flash Flood Kills 12 People in Northern Iraq

Iraqi authorities reported on Sunday that at least twelve people died in flash floods that swept through the northern Erbil province after torrential rains.

In a press conference, Omed Khoshnaw, the governor for Erbil province said the floods caused by torrential rain swept 15 areas, and damaged a total of 2,509 homes and 867 civilian vehicles.

A video posted to social media shows muddy waters flooding streets and homes in the city of Erbil.

“The material damage is estimated at 21 billion Iraqi dinars (approximately 15 million US dollars), in addition to significant damage to agricultural lands, sewage networks, streets, and sidewalks,” Khoshnaw added.

Governor Khoshnaw also said they have canceled New Year’s Celebration in honor of the flood victims.

Iraqi Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani in a tweet expressed his deep suddenness by the loss of lives and damage caused by heavy rain and floods.

Barzani instructed all the government agencies to provide immediate support and relief to areas affected.

Separately, Iraqi security forces in the country’s northern Kirkuk province said they have rescued a number of families trapped in their houses as a result of the torrential rains.

The heavy rainfall came just after Iraq suffered from a drought.

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