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Baghdad told to seek outside funds for Mosul's reconstruction - Newspaper
12 July 2017
Iraq's Northern Nineveh governorate has requested the federal government to launch an international campaign to raise funds for Mosul's reconstruction, an Iraqi newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Iraq needs foreign funds to rebuild the Northern Mosul city as it cannot afford financing such projects given the massive damage caused by the war.
The war has destroyed more than 80 percent of the right side of the city and the left side has been badly damaged, Arabic daily Al-Mada said.
The Tigris River runs through Mosul City with left bank on the east called the left side of the city and the right bank on the west called the right side respectively.
The newspaper quoted Gazwan Al-Dawoodi, a member of the Governing Council in the Northern Nineveh governorate, of which Mosul is the provincial capital, as saying there is a need for Baghdad to launch an international campaign to raise funds for Mosul's reconstruction after the end of the war.
"The right side of the city has suffered damage of more than 80 percent and many facilities, including roads and bridges, in the left side have been destroyed. The two sides need many strategic projects as part of the reconstruction process. The costs are very high and hence there is a need for an international campaign to raise funds for such projects as the government cannot afford such costs," he said.
The paper quoted a statement by the Nineveh Governing Council as saying the local government would give priority to projects to rehabilitate water, power, health and education facilities in Mosul and Nineveh cities.
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