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Iraq humanitarian crisis may turn deadly in winter

UN warns that Iraq's grave humanitarian crisis may turn deadly without more shelter for winter

Iraq humanitarian crisis may turn deadly in winter

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A senior U.N. official is warning that the grave humanitarian crisis in Iraq will become "a deadly life-threatening situation" if shelter isn't found for over 160,000 displaced people in Kurdistan before winter weather arrives in about six weeks.

Kevin Kennedy, the deputy humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, also told a news conference Tuesday by video link from Irbil that getting aid to close to 500,000 people in need of support in Anbar province, where the Islamic State terrorist group continues to capture territory, is very difficult and people will suffer.

Iraq is one of four top-level humanitarian crises the United Nations is trying to tackle, with 1.8 million people fleeing their homes since December and fears of thousands more trying to escape the ongoing conflict.

Updated : 2021-06-23 07:38 GMT+08:00