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Severe floods in Iraq leave several dead, adding to climate strains

Iraq is contending with both heavy rains and increasing desertification.
Iraqi children cross a flooded street in the Iraqi capital Baghdad after heavy rains, on Dec. 24, 2022.

Severe floods in Iraq this week have left several dead as the country faces considerable other environmental risks. 

The heavy rain that began on Tuesday has affected several parts of the country, including the Kurdistan Region, the northern city of Kirkuk, the capital Baghdad and the central Babil province. The rain continued Wednesday and Thursday, causing severe flooding. 

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