- Title: Damage in Mosul worse than expected, will take years to repair - U.N.
- Date: 5th July 2017
- Summary: ERBIL, IRAQ (JULY 5, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF UNITED NATIONS HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR IRAQ, LISE GRANDE, SITTING AT DESK LISE GRANDE LISTENING TO QUESTION FROM REUTERS CORRESPONDENT (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR IRAQ, LISE GRANDE, SAYING: "In western Mosul what we're seeing is the worst damage of the entire conflict. So in those neighbourhoods where the fighting has been the fiercest, we're looking at levels of damage incomparable to anything else that has happened in Iraq so far." VARIOUS OF GRANDE DURING INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR IRAQ, LISE GRANDE, SAYING: "For families that come from other neighbourhoods that are moderately destroyed, I think we can expect that many of them will try to go back and they'll do the best they can to try to rebuild." VARIOUS OF GRANDE DURING INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR IRAQ, LISE GRANDE, SAYING: "I think that all together for immediate stabilisation in both eastern and western Mosul, it's going to be more than a billion dollars. And if you look back at what we initially thought that it would be, it would be under 500 million (dollars). What that shows is that the level of damage is far higher than we expected, and that's why the cost of stabilisation is far higher." VARIOUS OF GRANDE DURING INTERVIEW
- Embargoed: 19th July 2017 17:55
- Keywords: Mosul offensive government troops retake Islamic State fighting damage
- Location: ERBIL, IRAQ
- City: ERBIL, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Insurgencies
- Reuters ID: LVA0016OFZMMF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A U.S.-backed Iraqi offensive against Islamic State nearly completely destroyed six districts in western Mosul, and getting basic infrastructure across the city running again will cost more than $1 billion, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday (July 5).
Iraqi commanders have predicted final victory in Mosul this week after a grinding eight-month assault on the once two-million-strong city which has pushed Islamic State into a rectangle no more than 300 by 500 metres beside the Tigris.
But the fighting, involving air strikes, artillery, and Islamic State car bombs, has left Mosul a shattered shell of its former self and displaced around half of its pre-war population.
United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, told Reuters the level of damage had exceeded predictions and was much worse in the western half of the city than it had been in the eastern half.
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