40,000 Abandon Their Homes in Gaza Flooding
Posted by feww on December 15, 2013
EXTREME WEATHER EVENT
Winter storm ALEXA dumps heavy snow on parts of the West Bank and Israel
ALEXA has dumped the heaviest storm in living memory on parts of the West Bank and Israel since Wednesday, paralyzing Jerusalem and leaving thousands in Israel without power, as severe flooding forced tens of thousands from their homes in Gaza Strip.
Severe flooding triggered by extreme rain events has forced about 40,000 Gaza Strip residents from their homes, including more than 5,200 who were evacuated to safety, officials said Saturday.
“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.
GAZA Strip: Rescue workers had to use boats to evacuate people trapped in flooded homes. Source: UNRWA
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.
Unprecedented winter weather has wreaked havoc, causing major disruptions across the region, AP reported.
- Mass Evacuations from Flooded Northern Gaza December 14, 2013