Flash floods in Iraq kill nearly 60 in past few days

Published November 6th, 2015 - 07:43 GMT

Flash flood in Iraq has left nearly 60 people dead over the past few days, says the country’s health ministry.

The Iraqi Health Ministry said on Friday that most of the victims died due to electrocution caused by flood-related incidents.

Iraq was hit by days of heavy torrential rain that caused major flooding in the capital, Baghdad, and other areas.

The heavy rain prompted Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to declare an emergency situation in affected areas overwhelmed by "torrential rainwater that exceeded drainage capacity" and mobilize all government forces to take care of the situation.

The rain, which started last week and still continues with scattered showers, also caused heavy property damage to private and public buildings.

Many streets, houses and shops are flooded with a combination of rainwater and sewage.

Local media reported that the old drainage systems had failed to siphon the heavy downpour into the sewerage.

On social media, however, disgruntled Iraqis criticized the government for what they called the government’s mishandling the disaster.

The flooding also damaged camps for internally displaced people who have fled from areas under the control of Daesh (ISIS) militants.

Iraqis have held demonstrations over the past few months, blaming the government for what they called providing inadequate basic services.

The protesters have been discontent with power outages, specifically during summer. The old water drainage systems are also a point of public resentment.

The Abadi administration has launched a reform plan to improve poor services.

This story has been edited from the source material. 


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