U.N. agency raises disaster designation in Iraq as refugees flood into Kurdistan

By Abigail Hauslohner, June 18, 2014

IRBIL, Iraq — The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF on Wednesday upgraded Iraq’s latest crisis to a level 3 humanitarian disaster — its most severe designation — as U.N. officials said they were scrambling to provide basic services while preparing to cope with an estimated 1.5 million displaced people.

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