Several killed as heavy rains cause floods in Iraq’s Erbil

Flash floods in capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region also cause material damage, governor says.

At least eight people have died and several have been injured after torrential rains caused severe flooding in Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, according to officials.

Provincial Governor Omid Khoshnaw said on Friday that women and children were among those killed after the heavy overnight swept through a number of residential areas.

“The floods also caused great material losses,” he said a statement.

Local news outlet Rudaw quoted Khoshnaw as saying that seven people had died due to flooding, and another person lost their life in a lightning strike.

Several other people were reported injured, while the casualty toll and the extent of the damage were still being assessed.

Civil defence spokesperson Sarkawt Karach said many people have been forced to leave their homes. “Searches are ongoing for missing people,” Karach said, warning that the death toll could still rise.

In Erbil, reports said torrents of muddy water poured down roads. Buses, trucks and tankers were washed away by the storm waters, with some toppled onto their side.



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