ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Ezidis in Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps in Sinjar (Shingal) are facing extreme hardship following the recent flooding caused by heavy rain, the Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) said on Tuesday, calling for urgent aid to be immediately distributed to them.
Sudden thunderstorms, and in some areas hail, hit several cities and towns across the Kurdistan Region that day, causing heavy damage to houses, infrastructure, and other property.
“Many Ezidis on Mount Shingal are facing substantial damage [to their property] due to the heavy rain,” said the BCF. “Hundreds of families are suffering a great deal because they lost almost all of their belongings that were in the shelters.”
The Kurdish charity organization expressed its readiness to deliver and distribute aid to the affected families in Shingal.
Heavy rain in the Kurdistan Region started on Sunday, damaging and destroying some 50 houses in Duhok and killing four people. It also destroyed several makeshift shelters used by Ezidi IDPs on Mount Shingal on the same day.
Hundreds of thousands of Ezidis remain displaced in the Kurdistan Region in spite of the liberation of Shingal from the Islamic State (IS) in November 2015.
The fight against IS destroyed up to 80 percent of Shingal, a predominantly Ezidi city located in the province of Nineveh, not far from the Syrian border.
Instability and insufficient infrastructure and public services have caused Shingal to remain what has been called a ghost town.
Editing by John J. Catherine