Villages high on Qandil Mountain were badly damaged in flash floods that struck many areas across the Kurdistan Region on October 26.
Qandil Mountain and Ballayian Valley in Erbil province were the most seriously affected.
Twenty-four villages in the area suffered power outages, 27 homes and eight bridges have collapsed, and roads to 17 villages were destroyed. Mosques and hospitals suffered serious damage and students have been unable to go to school.
“There is no water, no road, and no electricity. Some houses have been flooded here,” said one resident.
“I feel sad we couldn’t save the Quran and other books [in the mosque]. I swear to God, I wish my house was flooded but not the mosque. I wish I could get the Quran and other books out of the mosque,” said another.
Access to healthcare is also a problem.
“There is no place for people to receive medication. If someone gets a headache or any other problem, they won’t be treated,” said health official Peshawa Khdir.
The Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) has delivered aid and government workers have begun rebuilding roads.