URGENT!!! Sewage flood in Gaza!

Emergency Aid Needed!

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From Barbara Lubin, MECA Director: (Middle East Children’s Alliance)

We just learned that a sewage system collapsed causing a devastating flood in Umm al-Naser, a Bedouin village in northern Gaza. 3,000 people have been evacuated, and many of their homes are permanently destroyed. At least four people were killed by the flood, including a four-year-old boy. Rescue workers are searching for missing people. Dr. Mona El-Farra, MECA’s Director of Gaza Projects, is meeting with other aid agencies to assess the situation and figure out what MECA can do to meet the urgent needs of the villagers. We will be writing you again in the coming days with more information.In the meantime, please read a short note from Mona below and pass this information on to your family and friends.

Warmly, Barbara Lubin

Email from Dr. Mona El-FarraMarch 26, 2007

Dear MECA Friends,

This morning, and due to technical defaults, the sewage system of north area of Gaza has sudenlly collapsed. Sewage water flooded and gushed into the next lowest level place, a Bedouin community. As an outcome, 4 at least were killed, 25 or more were injured, 3,000 were evacuated and became homeless, and 400 residential homes were either destroyed or unsuitable for living due to the unsanitary sewage water.

This will need urgent relief intervention from us. I shall be able to identify the list of needs by tommorrow morning, which will be complementry to other relief work agencies.It is usually the poorest of the poor who suffer, living in such a slum area next to the sewage system treatment reservoir. It is not choice, it is poverty that forced them to live there, adding more and more to their daily suffering under the occupation.In Arabic we have a saying: “the catastrophies do not not come alone.” This incident was the last we need while living under occupation and facing the daily hardships of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

In solidarity, Mona
(Please see as well at Dr. El Farra’s blog “From Gaza, with Love“)


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