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In photos: Floods hit Gaza

Jan. 24, 2010 5:33 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 30, 2010 6:51 P.M.)
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Heavy rains hit the West Bank and Gaza between 17 and 18 January, causing flooding in several areas. None were harder hit than Wadi Gaza, a valley south east of the city, where Bedouins and farmers were driven out of their homes and as much as 70cms of floodwater filled residential buildings.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) 88 families - approximately 500 people - were affected. The de facto government pledged 100,000 US dollars to assist 100 families they said were devastated by the floods.

On 17 January families were relocated, according to OCHA most were registered refugees and Bedouin families living along the Wadi Gaza stream’s banks.

Several people in the affected areas sustained mild injuries and were taken for medical treatment.

Sheep, chickens and other livestock were also killed.

In its weekly Protection of Civilians report, OCHA said, "It is expected, however, that the floods will have a longer term effect on some families due to the loss of property, livestock and livelihoods."

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