The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has issued another emergency public warning about the fragility of Mosul Dam and serious if not fatal damage it could cause if a collapse occurred at any moment.
In an Emergency statement released 28th February, the U.S. Embassy has outlined the consequences of the flood if evacuation of Mosul, Tikrit, Samarra and even some parts of Baghdad (especially the Baghdad Airport) did not occur immediately. Residents living in Mosul would be instantly affected by the flood that would initially come as an enormous tidal wave leaving 500,000 to 1.47 million Iraqis with little or no time to get to safety.
According to the statement, the Iraqi government and Prime Minister Abadi are working with the Italian Government to stabilise the dam and also the U.S. to support Iraqi led efforts to notify the public of the evacuation process. Prime Minister Abadi is working with the UN to aid efforts.
Please read the full emergency statement here: Iraq Embassy