- Title: Water and power shortages force residents from recaptured Mosul district
- Date: 30th November 2016
- Summary: AL-SAMAH NEIGHBOURHOOD, EAST OF MOSUL, IRAQ (NOVEMBER 30, 2016) (REUTERS) CROWD OF PEOPLE CARRYING PERSONAL BELONGINGS WAITING TO BOARD MILITARY TRUCK CIVILIANS ON BACK OF TRUCK AND OTHERS WAITING TO BOARD WOMAN BOARDING TRUCK AND IRAQI SECURITY OFFICER LIFTING CHILD ONTO BACK OF TRUCK GIRL SITTING WAITING TO BOARD TRUCK IRAQI SECURITY OFFICER HANDING BABY ONTO TRUCK WOMEN AND CHILDREN WAITING TO BOARD TRUCK VARIOUS OF MEN AND CHILDREN SITTING NEARBY WAITING TO BOARD TRUCK GROUP OF MEN WAITING TURN TO BOARD TRUCK (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DISPLACED RESIDENT FROM TAHRIR NEIGHBOURHOOD OF MOSUL, GHANIM FAISAL HUSSEIN, SAYING: "There is no electricity and no running generators. We use water drawn from wells and the well water is bitter and undrinkable. It is unfit for drinking and cooking." IRAQI MILITARY MEDICS CARRYING PERSON WOUNDED BY MORTAR ATTACK ON STRETCHER TO FIELD 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: LVA0015AMZL8N
- 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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