- Title: Water and power shortages force residents from recaptured Mosul district
- Date: 30th November 2016
- Summary: MILITARY MEDICS TENDING TO WOUNDED TEENAGER (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DISPLACED RESIDENT OF SHUQAQ AL-KHADRA NEIGHBOURHOOD OF MOSUL, NADHIM SHIHAB, SAYING: "We have nothing. No running water and no electricity. We've not had water for almost 20 days. No electricity and no food. We have nothing." FAMILY WALKING ALONG ROAD GROUP OF CIVILIANS WALKING ALONG ROAD, MILITARY TRUCK VARIOUS OF CIVILIANS WALKING OUT OF NEIGHBOURHOOD (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MEMBER OF MOSUL'S NINEVEH PROVINCIAL COUNCIL, HUSSAM AL-ABAR, SAYING: "There are 650,000 people in these areas who do not have access to drinking water. We are facing a humanitarian catastrophe if the problem is not solved as soon as possible." AL-ABAR SPEAKING TO REUTERS CORRESPONDENT (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MEMBER OF MOSUL'S NINEVEH PROVINCIAL COUNCIL, HUSSAM AL-ABAR, SAYING: "A lack of water and the absence of electricity in these areas coupled with mortar attacks by Daesh will force people to leave. There is also a lack of food and this adds an extra burden on the people of these areas. We are trying our best to provide drinking water and food to these areas to help boost security." MAN AND WOMAN WALKING PAST MILITARY VEHICLES (AUDIO OF GUNFIRE) PEOPLE WALKING PAST IRAQI MILITARY VEHICLES GROUP OF WOMEN SITTING ON DOORSTEP OF BUILDING GROUP OF WOMEN SITTING WAITING WOMAN WITH PUSHCHAIR WALKING WITH CHILDREN
- Embargoed: 15th December 2016 12:01
- Keywords: Mosul Samah Iraq water food evacuation
- Location: SAMAH NEIGHBOURHOOD, EASTERN MOSUL, IRAQ
- City: SAMAH NEIGHBOURHOOD, EASTERN MOSUL, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Reuters ID: LVA0035AMZL8N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: As Iraqi troops battled Islamic State militants around Mosul, residents began fleeing areas recaptured areas on Wednesday (November 30) due to a lack of food, water and electricity.
Fighting between Iraqi troops and Islamic State militants has cut water supplies to hundreds of thousands of people across a large part of Mosul. A pipeline was hit during fighting between the jihadists and U.S.-backed Iraqi government forces trying to crush them in their northern Iraq stronghold, a local official said.
A member of Mosul's Nineveh provincial council said his region was facing a humanitarian crisis.
"There are 650,000 people in these areas who do not have access to drinking water. We are facing a humanitarian catastrophe if the problem is not solved as soon as possible," Hussam al-Abar said.
The battle for Mosul has already raged for six weeks. An alliance of Iraqi forces, backed by U.S.-led air power, have surrounded it and elite troops have seized eastern districts, but face deadly and determined resistance.
Aid workers say a full siege is developing and fear that the longer the conflict drags on, the more civilians will suffer.
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