State of emergency declared in Gaza City

November 27, 2014 19:59

Flooding from two days of heavy rains forced hundreds of Gaza City residents to flee their homes on Thursday, as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency declared a state of emergency in the area.

The bulk of the damage was in the areas around the Sheikh Radwan lagoon, according to UNRWA which said no injuries were reported.

"We are very concerned about such severe storms this early in the season and on the back of unprecedented damage and destruction caused by the recent conflict,” said the agency's Director of Operations Robert Turner in Gaza.

“We are particularly concerned for those families still seeking adequate shelter and preparing for the winter months, and for the impact the flooding is already having on children unable to attend school.”

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