Flooding Cuts Off Aid Supplies To Western Mosul, Displaced Go By Boat
Heavy flooding has shut down all Tigris river bridges in the Iraqi city of Mosul, cutting off aid supplies for people fleeing heavy fighting in the Old City and forcing people to cross by boat on Sunday (April 16).
Around 400,000 people are trapped in western Mosul where Iraqi forces have been trying to dislodge Islamic State (ISIS) from the Old City, their last stronghold, in a six-month campaign.
"If the bridge gets back or if they (security forces) build us another bridge, they will put an end to the suffering of the people,” said local resident, Mohammed Jassim. “A rise in the water level of the Tigris River caused the bridge to be closed. The bridge will be fixed when the level of water reduces.”
No aid convoy has reached the Hammam al-Alil camp southwest of Mosul, the main arrival point for displaced fleeing the fighting, since the Tigris bridges were closed on Friday due to rains, a camp and U.N. official said.
On Sunday, hundreds of people, young and old, crossed with small wood boats, carrying suitcases and bags full of clothes.