Iraq – Assessing Water Shortage-Induced Displacement in Central Iraq (4 April 2019)
The Assessing Water Shortage-Induced Displacement in Qadissiya, Najaf, Babylon, Wassit and Kerbala brief report provides updated information on the locations in Central Iraq affected by water scarcity as well as water-induced displacement movements to and from the areas in the study.
In the Central governorates, 45 locations face drought and/or water scarcity: 23 locations are in Qadissiya Governorate, 9 in Wassit, 6 in Babylon, 5 in Najaf and 2 in Kerbala. Due to the shortages, 1,727 families are displaced from Central governorates. The DTM - Iraq is tracking 937 of these families: 622 or 63% from Qadissiya, 205 or 20.8% from Najaf, 119 or 12% from Wassit, 22 or 2.2% from Babylon and 19 or 1.9% from Kerbala.
From August 2018 to February 2019 the Central governorates experienced a 26% decrease in locations identified as being affected by drought and/or water shortage. Two new locations emerged during this time period.