IRIN highlights IOM Iraq's Assistance in the Flooding in Abu Ghraib

"Flooding caused by the forced closure of a major dam on the Euphrates river has destroyed villages and farms across a 200sqkm area west of Baghdad, leaving tens of thousands homeless and at high risk of waterborne diseases like cholera."

"Zach Thomas, an assistant project officer with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), told IRIN: “The water is receding but a lot of swampy areas remain and we have been told by the local councils that there is sewage mixing with agricultural water and standing water and that is causing people to get sick."



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