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TDN World Desk:  At least 21 people dies while tens of thousands of others displaced by torrential rains that have battered Iraq over two days, the health ministry and United Nations said on Sunday. 

Women and children were among the dead, health ministry spokesman Seif al-Badr told AFP. Some had drowned, but others had died in car accidents, were electrocuted, or were trapped when their houses collapsed. At least 180 more were succumbed to injury, he added. 

Iraq and its neighboring countries – Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Jordan have been hit by heavier-than-average rainfall in recent weeks, resulting in deaths and huge loss of properties. 

An estimated 10,000 people in Salahaddin province and 15,000 people in Nineveh are in desperate need of aid-assistance including families living in displacement camps, the UN said. 

On Friday, Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi announced to establish a “crisis cell” of security forces and local authorities to coordinate a response. The ministries of electricity, oil, and trade had also indicated there to come forward with help.

Turkey Assured Help

In this hour of high need Turkey, the neighboring country of Iraq assured help to Iraq. On 24 Nov. Turkish foreign Ministry issued an official statement assuring help to the country. “Turkey is ready to help with every possible means to friendly and brotherly people of Iraq in these difficult days”, a Turkish daily report quoting from the official statement.