Qayyarah Oil DisasterDownload
Licensed to London News Pictures. 02/11/2016. Qayyarah, Iraq. With the sky blotted out by burning oil wells, set alight by retreating Islamic State militants, soldiers of the Iraqi Army's Emergency Response Unit keep watch from the top of their armed Humvee utility vehicle as their convoy drives through the main street of Qayyarah, Iraq.
Two months after being liberated from the Islamic State, the Iraqi town of Qayyarah, located around 30km south of Mosul, is still dealing with the environmental repercussions of their ISIS occupation. The town's estimated 15,000 inhabitants constantly live under, and in, heavy clouds of smoke which often envelope the settlement. The clouds emanate from burning oil wells in a nearby oil field that were set alight by retreating ISIS extremists after a two year occupation. The proximity of the fires, often right next to homes within the town, covers many buildings and residents with thick soot and will lead to long term health and environmental implications. Photo credit: Matt Cetti-Roberts/LNP
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