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Flooding catastrophe in northern Iraq

 Flooding catastrophe in northern Iraq

(Photo courtesy: Wolfgang Hasselmann)

Erbil (IraqiNews.com) – Flash floods took the city of Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, by storm Friday. At least 11 people have been confirmed dead, according to Erbil mayor. With many still missing, authorities fear the death toll will rise as the days go by. 

This winter has been relentless as Erbil witnesses a second round of flooding in its city due to natural causes. Heavy rain began Thursday, 16 December, flooding the city and causing chaos and disturbance. Automobiles, buses and other large vehicles swept through the roads as the rain kept falling. Seven of the 11 reported dead, drowned from flood water. 

Rescue and search officials are in an ongoing search to find missing victims. They have begun cleaning up the devastated city and clearing flood debris in certain affected areas.