on January 22. Under the influence coming from the Siberian air masses unusually cold weather settled in the Northern and Central regions of Iraq. The temperature dropped in the Sunday night before ?5 degrees Celsius, and in the morning has not risen above zero.
Life in the country, accustomed to the 50-degree heat, but not cold, almost completely paralyzed. Baghdad street is deserted. Disappeared even wandering merchants that deliver on trucks vegetables and fruits. The intensity of traffic is very low.
Mountain villages in the governorates of Sulaymaniyah and Dahuk, in the North of Iraq is littered with snow.
In Baghdad, people are searching for kerosene, running a wood stove. They are the only salvation from the cold in the house.
«I ran half of Baghdad, and all in vain: no kerosene», — said in an interview with RIA Novosti Abu Samir.
Of course, he says, in every house in Baghdad have heaters and air conditioners, but due to the lack of electricity — it is no more than 3-4 hours per day — to use them is impossible.
«Home our built in the calculation of the heat, not cold — large Windows, lots of balconies. No heating in concrete boxes’t save even warm clothing. Children suffer the most», — said Ubu Samir.
On the eve of parents of school-age children has been requested by the Ministry of education of Iraq to delay the intermediate examinations in schools, the beginning of which coincided with the onset of cold weather. However, the authorities towards not send them, despite the fact that most schools in Baghdad are not heated. In many broken Windows, broken doors. Children in classes tremble from the cold. Many suffer from colds.
«The school is colder than at home, because of the window in the class broken. I even stick my hands can hold, not something to pass exams», — says 11-year-old Sarmad, a student in grade 6 one of the schools in the South of Baghdad.
However, adds the boy at home, too, is not much better.
«Because of the cold it is impossible to force yourself to get under the shower», — he said.
Meanwhile, the representative of the Iraqi weather Salman al-Asmai said Sunday that cold in the country will last for another two weeks.
Source: RIA Novosti