Gaza: At Least Six Dead In Flooding From Sewage Breach

This is a terrible disaster. I hope that not only can they help the people effected by it now, but that they can also help them keep from getting the potential diseases that will most certainly come along with this sewage.
I have to wonder though, maybe if the pali authorities were spending more money on maintaining the local infrastructure and less on arming terrorist and trying to kill innocent Israelis, maybe this never would have happened.

Palestinian medical officials said at least six people were killed when the wall of a large cesspool collapsed on Tuesday, flooding the northern Gaza village of Umm Naser with mud and raw sewage.

The officials said dozens were injured and missing, with some saying up to 10 people were killed. The rest of the village’s 3,000 residents fled or were evacuated by rescue crews.

A 70-year-old woman, two toddlers and a teenage girl died in the sudden flood, and 25 people were injured, said Dr. Muawiya Hassanin of the Palestinian Health Ministry. At least 25 houses were completely submerged.

Some 250 houses were damaged by the sewage, some of which were completely destroyed. Up to 4,000 people are being affected by the flooding, officials said.

Rescue crews and Hamas gunmen rushed to the area to search for people feared buried under the slide of sewage and mud.

An official in Gaza City said the raw sewage was presenting a particular danger to health and that the situation was not yet under control.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society and the International Red Cross are handing out some 250 tents to the displaced.

Officials say all local and international institutions are coordinating their relief efforts and are working at a high emergency status.

The cause of the collapse was not immediately clear.

A local Palestinian official blamed the disaster on shoddy infrastructure and UN officials said they had been warning of a catastrophe for more than two years.

A 2004 United Nations report warned that the sewage facility was at its maximum capacity and flooding was inevitable unless a new waste treatment plant was constructed. It said that even without overflowing, the effluent lake posed a serious health hazard, providing a breeding ground for mosquitoes and waterborne diseases.

Stuart Shepard, of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said the wave of waste released Tuesday sent the health risks even higher.

“It is an extremely serious situation,” he said.

Shepard said that since the report was published, international funding for a new plant had been secured but construction had not been able to go ahead because of the high security risks in the area.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum blamed international “sanctions against Palestinians, including Gaza and the West Bank” for the condition of Gaza’s infrastructure. Most foreign donors froze aid to the Palestinian government after Hamas swept to power in a 2006 general election, but Shepard said the Umm Naser project had not been affected by the boycott.

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“Cesspool” by Cox and Forkum.

2 Responses to “Gaza: At Least Six Dead In Flooding From Sewage Breach”

  1. michael says:

    maybe if the pali authorities were spending more money on maintaining the local infrastructure and less on arming terrorist and trying to kill innocent Israelis, maybe this never would have happened.

    You’ve asked the right question.
    The retaining cesspool that collapsed was built 30 years ago (by Israel!), when the are had about 50,000 people. Now there are 190,000 people, the sewer system was overtaxed, and no maintenance had been performed in the last 3 years.

    Yes, the Hamas “government” was boycotted, but even with that, the PA received 1.2 billion dollars in internation aid, for exactly this sort of project.

    I think we know what they did with the money.

    Personally, I think they should just have to clean up their own mess, with their own resources.

    But of course, the UN & other international welfare donors will trip all over themselves pouring resources into this. The worst part is that the charity won’t prevent disease, or even rebuild the sewage plant, because Hamas will divert it to terrorist uses.

  2. Steve says:

    Very true on all points.
    Thanks for the insight, Michael.

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