Iraqis wake up to snow for first time in over a decade

Iraq sees snow in Baghdad for first time in over a decade

The excited residents of Baghdad, especially children play around in the snow, as the Iraqi capital experiences a rare snowfall.

The last snowfall was in 2008, but according to records, it was fast and muddy, and the annals indicate nothing like that has been seen for a hundred years.

Iraqis awoke to see Baghdad covered in snow for the first time in more than a decade today.

Iraqi capital Baghdad witnessed a rare sight of snowfall on February 11 after almost over a decade.

Pictures and videos show young people enjoying snowball fights, and photoshoots, while some residents used the rare opportunity to make snowmen.

"This cold wave came from Europe", Amer al-Jaberi, media head of the Iraqi Meteorological Centre told AFP news agency.

"I woke up at dawn, and I was surprised to see the snow covering the whole garden and my auto, then I woke up my wife and two children who dashed to see the incredible view", Rawad Hassan, 35, told the Xinhua News Agency.

South of the capital, snow also carpeted the Shia holy city of Karbala, which draws pilgrims from around the world to its popular shrines, the golden-domed mausoleums of Abbas and Imam Hussein.

Iraq has experienced a number of severe weather events in the past few years.

In 2018, chronic water shortages caused a health crisis in the center and south, but the following year, heavy rains caused fatal flooding and significant damage to homes and crops.

The high temperatures caused forest fires that razed plantations and crops.

Experts say Iraq lacks the funding or infrastructure to cope with climate change and the desertification of once productive land.

The weather has been described as a short moment of respite for the troubled country as it continues to grapple with mass anti-government demonstrations that began last October. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.

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