'Catastrophic' water shortages for 500,000 in Mosul

The battle for Mosul has destroyed a major water pipeline, the UN children's agency UNICEF said, adding that the break was located in an inaccessible part of the city controlled by ISUp to 500,000 civilians in Mosul are facing a “catastrophic” drinking water shortage, the UN warned, as Iraqi forces advance against the Islamic State group in the city. Already suffering from a severe lack of food and electricity, civilians in Iraq’s second city are now also running out of drinkable water, said Lise Grande, UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq. “Nearly half a million civilians, already struggling to feed themselves day to day, are now without access to clean drinking water.

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