In Brief: Floods force hundreds from their homes in Gaza

http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?Reportid=87809


Photo: ICRC
Sewage is laready a problem in the Khan Younis area of southern Gaza (file photo)

TEL AVIV, 20 January 2010 (IRIN) – Heavy rain and flooding has forced hundreds of people from their homes in Khan Younis in the south of the Gaza Strip, according to the Gaza authorities.

About 115 homes were damaged and the sewage system was reported to be overflowing.

A witness in Gaza who works for a local NGO told IRIN that over 100 families had been made homeless, but warned the number might rise if the rain continued.

Some experts told IRIN Gaza’s poor infrastructure is unable to cope, and there was a risk that sewage mixed with floodwater could cause communicable and water-borne diseases.

The Israeli government has so far not commented on allegations that Israel opened dams in Gaza valley, exacerbating flooding in the Strip.

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