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Gaza City holds emergency meeting on floods

Dec. 19, 2009 5:09 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 20, 2009 2:44 P.M.)
Gaza – Ma’an – An emergency committee was convened in Gaza Saturday in an effort to coordinate efforts around floods caused by recent downpours that overwhelmed the city streets.

Representatives from the Gaza City Department of Sanitation, Department of Roads and Maintenance and municipal workers joined community members in an attempt to pool resources and plan emergency members for even heavier rains expected this week.

General Director of services in the Department of Transportation Sa’d Ad-Din Al-‘atbash headed the committee, saying he hoped adequate coordination would ensure a smooth running of services when rains hit. He added that having sanitation and processing equipment at the ready would be essential to avert sewage system overloads.

"Though we lack of the necessary equipment and tools on account of the Israeli siege on Gaza, there must be an appropriate solution developed to combat the issue of winter rains and floods," Al-‘Atbash said.

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