ERBIL - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Office in the Iraqi southern province of Basra revealed on Friday that the number of people who were poisoned by polluted drinking water has risen to 102,000 in the city.
The head of the office, Mahdi al-Tamimi, said in a statement that around 3,000 residents have been sent to the hospital in the past three days only, who were apparently poisoned by drinking water.
He noted that the main reason behind the poisoning of the water in the oil-rich city can be referred to the high rate of salinity in the drinking water. Earlier on Thursday, the EU Ambassador to Iraq said that he had been sick after drinking polluted water in the southern province, adding that he had to postpone several meetings.
Thousands of people in Basra took it to the streets in the past three months against the water crisis as well as a number of other similar issues, including poor public services and high rate of corruption in the city.