Abadi Orders Compensation to People Affected By 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered compensation for the people affected by a strong earthquake that hit parts of the Kurdistan Region on November 12.
The premier’s office said in a statement on Sunday (November 26) that the directive was based on a report prepared by an Iraqi committee who visited the areas affected by the earthquake in the provinces of Sulaimani and Diyala.
“His Excellency Prime Minister Dr. Haider Al-Abadi has directed disbursement of an allocated fund to help the affected families and to rehabilitate infrastructures affected by the earthquake in the provinces of Sulaimani and Diyala,” the statement read.
According to Abadi’s office, the government of Iraq had earlier allocated three billion Iraqi dinars (more than $2.5 million) to the Ministry of Water Resources to conduct a “comprehensive assessment” of the Darbandikhan Dam and other dams affected by the earthquake.
Following the 7.3 magnitude earthquake, the Iraqi government sent a committee to the affected areas to assess damages of the dam and other projects.
Officials from the Darbandikhan Dam said last week that a full rehabilitation of the dam would require $17.5 million USD, as two teams from the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) as well as a special United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team were checking the dam.
The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) reported the preliminary assessment of the Darbandikhan Dam as saying there was “no imminent threat” of flooding for the population living downstream.
A delegation from the UNDAC met with a high-level government assessment team from the Prime Minister’s office, national operation center of Iraq, last week, to discuss a structural assessment of the dam.