ISTANBUL — Mosul’s permanent bridges over the Tigris river having been damaged by the international coalition forces, and the two temporary bridges built in their place are now also rendered unusable due to the latest flooding.
For those who are fleeing the fighting in western Mosul, crossing the river by boat remains the only option.
With the closing of the pontoon bridges, camp Hammam al-Alil, located southwest of Mosul, has not been able to receive any aid convoys.
"The flooding has had a big impact. All road traffic has stopped," said an official at Hammam al-Alil, which hosts about 30,000 internally displaced people. "We have limited supplies left," he added.
People are being charged 1,000 Iraqi dinars, or $0.90 for the brief trip across the river.
"People are suffering," said Mohammed Ahmed, a villager.
The operation to recapture western Mosul began in February, following the announcement of eastern Mosul’s liberation in January.