- Title: Water and power shortages force residents from recaptured Mosul district
- Date: 30th November 2016
- Summary: BLOODIED ARM OF WOUNDED TEENAGER BLOODIED BANDAGES SCATTERED ON FLOOR INSIDE CLINIC
- 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: LVA0025AMZL8N
- 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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