Mass Evacuations from Flooded Northern Gaza
Posted by feww on December 14, 2013
EXTREME RAIN EVENT
Thousands evacuated from flooded homes in northern Gaza Strip
Severe flooding caused by four days of extreme rains has forced the authorities in the Palestinian territory and the UN Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) to evacuate more than 5,200 people from flooded homes.
Many more people have been trapped inside flooded homes as waters continue to rise.
“Large swathes of northern Gaza are a disaster area with water as far as the eye can see,” said UNRWA that administers refugee camps in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Areas near a refugee camp in northern Gaza “have become a massive lake with two-meter-high waters engulfing homes and stranding thousands,” said an UNRWA spokesman.
With a population of 1.8 million people, Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas on earth, home to mostly impoverished refugees and their descendants.
The strip has experienced 12-hour blackouts daily since the lone power plant was switched off in November due to a fuel shortage, said a report.