Heavy rainfall has affected Iraq and the wider region over the past weeks. However, rivers, lakes, and dams – long on the verge of drying up – are now swelling with water and giving opportunities to avert the dangers of drought.
Iraq - After the country's war against ISIS ended, displaced families were told that it was time to go home, pushing thousands of families into peril. Many internally displaced people said that they can not return home due to lack of infrastructure, and accusations of collaborations with ISIS.
Syrian internally displaced people (IDPs) who found refuge in makeshift camps in Aleppo’s countryside have been badly affected by heavy rainfall with the start of winter, losing all their belongings and tents.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said that over 150,000 displaced children across northern Iraq are endangered by the freezing temperatures and flash floods that have been sweeping the country.
Following the heavy rainfall last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi has asked the country's crisis unit and province governors to take the necessary measures to reduce the damage of the flooding. The Nineveh province was especially affected by the flooding, with dozens of houses being swept.
The civil council in the Syrian city of Manbij has been working to implement services in the city and its surrounding areas. Amongst these services is the opening of health clinics throughout the countryside.