Humanitarian conditions worsen in Iraq

09 April 2003
Humanitarian agencies are reporting worsening conditions in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq as the military campaign reaches a climax and evidence emerges of a break down in law and order.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported on 8 April that hospitals in Baghdad are being overwhelmed with casualties and that some of them do not have mains water and power. The water supply to the whole city is becoming a major concern, the organisation added. In Basra, some water plants have been looted and rendered unserviceable.

A UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) survey reports that around 260,000 people have been displaced across the north since the conflict began. About 90 per cent of the displaced people are staying at the homes of family members.

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