Fallujah war has left 80.000 persons displaced so far

Iraqi children, whose families fled the ongoing fighting between government forces and Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in the Fallujah area, gather inside a tent at a camp for displaced people in Amriyat al-Fallujah on June 14, 2016. Iraq forces launched a vast offensive more than three weeks ago to retake Fallujah, which lies only 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Baghdad and is one of the main bastions of the Islamic State group. SABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Images
Iraqi children, whose families fled the ongoing fighting between government forces and Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in the Fallujah area, gather inside a tent at a camp for displaced people in Amriyat al-Fallujah on June 14, 2016. SABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Images

Iraq’s success in uprooting Islamic State militants from Fallujah has fed a humanitarian crisis with some of the more than 80,000 people who fled the city going without shelter and sufficient water amid 115-degree temperatures and sandstorms, aid agencies said Monday.

In four makeshift tent cities housing the displaced, there is only sporadic electricity and a shortage of latrines, the agencies said. At the Habaniya camp west of Fallujah, health care workers said they are treating about 1,200 people a day suffering from malnutrition and other ailments.

“The conditions we are seeing in the camps are miserable, the scenes apocalyptic,” said Nasr Muflahi, the Iraq director of the Norwegian Refugee Council, one of the main aid groups helping Fallujah refugees.

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