The city of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, was taken by militants in June 2014. The Iraqi military launched an operation to counter this in October 2016 and since the start of the operation, some 47,900 families (287,250 individuals) have been displaced to IDP camps, emergency sites, host communities and out-of-camp locations.
The humanitarian response to this situation is complex and large-scale, due to ever-changing displacement patterns, a volatile operational environment, and security constraints.
In the midst of this, the Logistics Cluster continues to support the humanitarian community in their response through the coordination of vital common services. Alongside transport and emergency airlifts, common storage services have been significantly scaled up in key operational areas such as Erbil, Dahuk, Baghdad, Tikrit and the Ninewa governorate.
These common storage facilities have been set up in Ninewa governorate within or in close proximity to displacement sites – with ten logistics hubs operational at the end of 2016, an additional four have been established since the start of 2017. These have been based closer to Mosul city, in response to needs identified by partners.
Between October 2016 and March 2017, the Logistics Cluster has facilitated a total storage capacity of over 30,500 m3 for humanitarian organisations, helping to ensure that the required relief items are available and ready for this response. During this period, 45,108 m3 (8,911 mt) of relief items have been received into and dispatched from Logistics Cluster-facilitated facilities on the behalf of 34 humanitarian organisations.
Alongside these hubs and common storage facilities, 24 Mobile Storage Units (MSUs), totalling to 5,840 m3 in storage capacity, have been loaned to eight humanitarian organizations in order to help address storage gaps in specific locations.