Updates Gaza flooding… and what you can do!

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*Awni Farhat

Israel opens dam, flooding Gaza Strip with rainwater
Dec 16, 2013, Middle East Monitor

Israel has opened the Wadi Sofa Dam east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, flooding dozens of houses and leaving hundreds of people homeless. The head of the Gaza government’s Information Office, Ihab Al-Ghusain, told Arabic Sky News that the local civil defence teams have been working to evacuate the flooded homes.

Rafah City Mayor Issa Nashar confirmed the incident on Sunday, saying, “Israel has indeed opened the dam which led to drowning the neighbouring areas with accumulated rain water up to 1 metre deep.”

This incident came after an unprecedented storm, called Alexa by meteorologists, hit the Middle East causing a humanitarian disaster in the region’s most vulnerable areas. In the Gaza Strip, at least one person is reported to have died as a result of the freak weather conditions and nearly 5,000 are taking shelter in community facilities while their homes are uninhabitable.

Photo: The  strongest cold front continues to hit Gaza Strip for the fourth day in a row . besieged Gaza is  actually facing a  real disaster  due to the lack of  necessary  equipment, poor facilities, and weak infrastructure  About 950 families across  Gaza Strip  have evacuated  their houses , taking shelter in   UNRWA'S schools after homes  were flooded with rainwater Ministry of Health said about 90  people across the Gaza Strip have been injured due to the extreme weather conditions. For the last  month and half , Gazans  have been suffering from continued power cut , on an average of  less than six hours a day after its sole power generating plant was forced to close down as a result of fuel shortage.  nowdays, with having this cold front ever  ,, Gazans have power cut for more than 20 hours a day which reaches a crise point , warning of a risky disaster
*Awni Farhat

SEE ALSO:

No Silent Night just A Silent World! [Jenny Graham]
Today in Palestine [links to various news articles]
Israel Opens Dam and Floods Gaza [June 2010]

PREVIOUS POSTS ON GAZA FLOODING:

Gaza flooding updates (Ma’an news)
Gaza flooding, blockade-manufactured crises
Gaza drowning …and under power and media blackout

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Sign this petition on Gaza to Pope Francis:

Please press the TAKE ACTION BOX to send letter of appeal to His Holiness Pope Francis and H.E. Ron Prosor, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations.

And please request your mailing lists click Current Urgent Appeal on http://www.palestinematters.com

via David Albuquerque: “Why Pope Francis? Because other world leaders, Obama, Cameron and Tony Abbott, who paid such pious tributes to Mandela and made such sanctimonious declarations on apartheid, have turned their backs on the people of Gaza and the cruel apartheid Israel enforces with their funds and military/diplomatic support. In fact, they are primarily responsible for Gaza’s humanitarian crisis.”

Photo: The strongest cold front continues to hit Gaza Strip for the fourth day in a row . The strongest cold front continues to hit Gaza Strip for the fourth day in a row . besieged Gaza is actually facing a real disaster due to the lack of necessary equipment, poor facilities, and weak infrastructure  About 950 families across Gaza Strip have evacuated their houses , taking shelter in UNRWA'S schools after homes were flooded with rainwater Ministry of Health said about 90 people across the Gaza Strip have been injured due to the extreme weather conditions. For the last month and half , Gazans have been suffering from continued power cut , on an average of less than six hours a day after its sole power generating plant was forced to close down as a result of fuel shortage.  nowdays, with having this cold front ever ,, Gazans have power cut for more than 20 hours a day which reaches a crise point , warning of a risky disaster reported by me  unknown photographer
*Awni Farhat

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