Nearly 85 families have fled their homes in various areas of the northern city of Mosul over the weekend, following two days of flash floods, an Iraqi civil defence official said on Monday.

The heavy rain paralysed traffic causing widespread disruption, with schools and offices closed.

Six bridges and 300 tents in the Nimrud refugee camp were reportedly damaged as a result of the heavy rainfall.

The floods have come after unusually heavy and early rainfall which has been plaguing the Levant region for a few weeks now.

It has piled increasing pressure on Iraq’s new government to provide

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