It’s been reported in Iraq that a large majority of those fleeing the fighting in Mosul are travelling to the nearby cities of Erbil and Dahuk in the autonomous region of Kurdistan.
Authorities there have set up temporary camps for them.
The prime minister of Kurdistan, Nechirvan Barzani, has appealed for urgent aid from the United Nations.
The International Organisation for Migration says over 500,000 people in and around the city of Mosul have been displaced because of the takeover by the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” militant group.
Aid agencies in the region have been under pressure as the city had not been expected to fall so quickly. However they say they hope to reach those in need of food, water and sanitation as soon as the volatile security situation permits.