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24 Jun 2014

ACTED - Emergency response to Mosul displacement in Kurdistan Region of Iraq

  • Tuesday, 24 June 2014
An estimated 180 families are displaced in Duhok city and 1,200 families in Chamchamal due to recent fighting.

273 tents have been set up so far with a constant influx of internally displaced people in KRI. On the 18th of June, water trucking and solid waste collection activities were put in place.

Khazir camp in Erbil where ACTED teams are fully mobilized, has an expected capacity of 7,500 people (1,500 families).

In Kalak camp in Erbil, preparations have been done for distributions of jerry cans and food parcels to 80 families.

Hospitals in Mosul are reportedly no longer accessible to the public, and schools and mosques have been converted into makeshift clinics to tend to the injured and chronically ill.

In response to the current humanitarian situation in KRI, ACTED’s country team has been mobilised since day one, focusing on the coordination of the response, NFIs distributions and food distributions in Kalak camp, where 145 family parcels, each weighing 63 kilogrammes, provided by WFP, have been distributed, as well as stoves and 20 litres of kerosene per tent provided by UNHCR.

The transit camp of Kalak currently hosts 1,321 people and new people are coming in daily. An additional 100 tents are being set up today, in addition to the already existing 126 that have been put up since last week.

An emergency ACTED REACT team has been deployed from Paris HQ and the MENA region to support the staff already in country and t be able to scale up the current intervention to match the scope of the needs.

ACTED intends to strengthen its initial response to the recent IDP crisis with coordination and distributions in Kalak camp, as well as will expand its initial response by responding to the needs beyond the camps, notably addressing IDPs in urban communities, as well as host communities. IDPs are scattered over the territory and reports of populations coming from Tikrit, Samarra and Bahgdad have been heard.

300,000 IDPs in KRI

An estimated half a million people have fled Iraq's second biggest city, Mosul, after it was seized early on Tuesday June 10th. The city had a population of almost two million before the mass exodus of its inhabitants.

Of those displaced, 300,000 have fled to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). In response, ACTED is distributing non-food items in Khabat to those who are crossing over from Iraq to KRI, with the support of UNHCR and in co-ordination with other humanitarian organizations. Their aid efforts rely on up-to-date information from REACH, who have been tracking and mapping the displacement and needs of Iraqis from Mosul.

According to figures from authorities, 100,000 people have crossed to Erbil using 16,000 cars and 200,000 have fled to Dohuk according to UNHCR estimates.

ACTED is already positioned in the Kurdish Region of Iraq, providing relief and support services to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees. Our teams have been deployed to respond to the most urgent needs of those who have fled the violence. Our teams are currently in Khabat where a transit cap has been set up by UNHCR. One other transit camp is located in Erbil and another 3 are planned in Dohuk, as IDPs are waiting to enter KRI.

ACTED is also considering other immediate needs coverage such as shelter and food, while working on a response with humanitarian actors on the ground and REACH.

Since Tuesday 10 June,  ACTED has been on the front line all day, mobilizing an emergency distribution team at the checkpoint of Khabat (between Erbil and Mosul), to distribute basic NFIs to people crossing to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. As of June 12th, 738 jerry cans, 374 hygiene kits and 400 mats had been distributed by ACTED teams.
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