Julie Webb-Pullman reports

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EQA appeals to int’l organizations to salvage disaster-stricken Gaza

A Gaza resident flees his flooded home (ALRAY photo)

A Gaza resident flees his flooded home (ALRAY photo)

Gaza, ALRAY – Environment Quality Authority (EQA) in Gaza has launched an urgent appeal to the international organizations and world humanity to salvage the Gaza Strip.

Dr Yusuf Ibrahim said Saturday in a written statement “the continued intensive rainfall on the Gaza Strip since four days and the flooding of low-level urban areas and drainage basins put the lives of the nearby residents at risk,”

“Due to the lack of necessary means to tackle such huge amounts of rain, we appeal to all international organizations including the ICRC, and the UN, and Arab and Muslim world immediately bring in caterpillars, suction pumps, and fuel to salvage the disaster-stricken areas across the Gaza Strip,” the statement added.

A heavy cold front has been sweeping the Palestinian territories since Wednesday bringing life to a standstill.

Insufferable damage has affected infrastructures, and public and personal properties. Rain coupled with high winds, freezing temperature, and decreasing electricity hours, continues to hit the Gaza Strip.

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Israeli authorities open sewage dams flooding east, central areas of Gaza

Gaza, ALRAY –Israeli occupation authorities opened up dams to the east of Gaza city on late Friday.

Sewage flooding east of Gaza city (ALRAY photo)

Sewage flooding east of Gaza city (ALRAY photo)

Eyewitnesses said many residential areas and farming land east of Gaza city were flooded when the Israeli authorities opened up the dams.

The residents of the area appealed to the concerned authorities to intervene before sewage water completely submerge their properties.

Earlier on Friday, Chairman of Government’s Disaster Response Committee Yasser Shanti said the Israeli authorities opened up dams just to the east of the border with the Gaza Strip earlier in the day.

He warned that the residential areas within the Gaza Valley would be flooding within hours, saying the move would flood areas in Moghraqa and other parts of Deir el-Balah in central Gaza.

Shanti called upon residents of areas near the Gaza Valley to evacuate their homes in preparation for the anticipated flooding.

The Gaza Strip is currently under a state of emergency due to severe weather conditions caused by a historic storm front moving south across the Levant.

Fuel shortages have caused daily life in the Gaza Strip to grind slowly to a halt since early November, as power plants and water pumps are forced to shut down, cutting off access to basic necessities for Gaza residents.

Lack of diesel fuel is a result of the tightening of a seven-year-long blockade imposed on the territory by Israel with Egyptian support.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by the Israeli occupation since 2006.

Ma’an contributed to this report.