From the late night of 18 January 2010 and the following 24 hours, torrential rains hit the Gaza Strip and Almughraqa, causing heavy floods in huge parts of this densely populated and poor area. The situation has been worsened by the flooding of water from the green line area which borders the Gaza Valley. As a result, the Wadi Gaza, a low lying farming area situated to the south of Gaza City and mostly inhabited by Bedouins, was severely affected for an area of an approximate distance of 1,000 meters on both sides, until the Sea of Gaza. The ground was not able to absorb the huge mass of water, which washed away sand, dust, and garbage filling the ground floors of the homes with contaminated dirty water, mud and garbage. Among the worst hit areas was where the poorest of the poor people in the Gaza Strip were located, living in their simple shelters and houses. (IFRC, 27 Jan 2010)
The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) declared a state of emergency on 18 Jan 2010 because of the severe weather conditions that caused floods and resulted in significant damages in the Gaza Valley. Since the first moment of the flooding, and through its operations room, the PRCS dispatched its teams and volunteers to the flooded area to evacuate dozens of affected residents and to search for the missing ones. In addition to the natural disaster, Israel worsened the situation by opening a dam located in the Green Line which borders the Gaza Valley. (PRCS, 20 January 2010)
1 January 2010 to 31 December 2010
Programme outcome: Support the Palestine Red Crescent Society (Palestine RCS) response to the needs of the most vulnerable in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and the Palestinian refugees in the Diaspora.
GENEVA (ILO News) - The Government of Brazil and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have announced the launch of a three-year programme aimed at enhancing the capacity of countries to respond to social and natural disasters.
The joint programme - to be developed by the ILO Training Centre in Turin - will seek to improve the capacity-building of countries in humanitarian assistance, train them on the prevention of natural and social disasters, and help them deal with post-crisis recoveries.
GENÈVE (Nouvelles du BIT) - Le gouvernement du Brésil et l'Organisation internationale du Travail (OIT) ont annoncé le lancement d'un programme de trois ans destiné à renforcer les capacités des pays à répondre aux catastrophes naturelles et sociales.
Le programme conjoint - qui sera élaboré par le Centre de formation de l'OIT à Turin - aura trois objectifs: améliorer le renforcement des capacités des pays dans le domaine de l'assistance humanitaire, les former à la prévention des catastrophes …
Summary: CHF 68,271 was allocated from the IFRC's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 27 January 2010 to support the Palestine Red Crescent Society deliver assistance to some 1,500 beneficiaries and to replenish disaster preparedness stocks in sight of future heavy rains.
Thanks to the activities funded through this DREF allocation, the Palestine Red Crescent Society effectively assisted 1,437 persons affected by the floods by mobilizing its volunteers and its prepositioned stocks of non-food items.
With the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan, UNRWA's Commissioner-General and staff wish to convey to Arab and Muslim partners best wishes for their prosperity and health
Gaddafi International Charity & Development Foundation pledges $50 million to help UNRWA build housing in Gaza
On 9 August the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation (GICDF) and UNRWA signed two important agreements marking the …
This report covers the period 1 January 2010 to 30 June 2010
Programme outcome: Support the Palestine Red Crescent Society respond to the needs of the most vulnerable in the occupied Palestinian territory and the Palestinian refugees in the Diaspora.
Programme(s) summary: The humanitarian situation in Palestine continues to be very difficult.
This report covers the period 1 January 2010 to 30 June 2010.
Programme outcome: To increase the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) capacity to assist National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reduce the number of deaths, injuries and the impact of disasters through the timely and adequate financial support for disaster response from the DREF.
Programme(s) summary: At 30 June 2010, IFRC had made 73 allocations from the DREF to support 67 different operations for a total of 11,285,280 Swiss francs bringing assistance to over …
Summary: CHF 68,271 was allocated from the IFRC's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 27 January 2010 to support the National Society in delivering assistance to some 1,500 beneficiaries1 and to replenish disaster preparedness stocks in sight of future heavy rains.
Thanks to the activities included in the DREF allocation, Palestine Red Crescent Society (Palestine RC) was better prepared to face the new heavy rains that hit Gaza during the last days of February. Both the training of new volunteers and the production of information materials have proven to be useful.
Ramallah, West Bank, March 7, 2010 - CHF International, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will respond to emergency infrastructure repairs at the YWCA of Ramallah following extensive damages to the first floor resulting from heavy rains in late February. Flooding caused the collapse of one of the walls, and the loss of all furniture and equipment on the first floor.
The site, which is used for the Vocational Training Center of the YWCA of Ramallah, offers courses and programs to 60 full-time students.
The United Arab Emirates Red Crescent (UAERC) yesterday despatched to Gaza a convoy of sugar and flour worth 2 million dirhams (approximately $540,000), in an operation coordinated between the UAERC, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), and the Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC).
The UAERC was responding to an urgent appeal by the UN Agency for food to ease the plight of the refugees of Gaza.
On 18 January 2010 heavy rains caused severe flooding in the Gaza Strip.
GAZA, 28 January 2010 (IRIN) - Thousands
of Gazans made homeless by Israel's 23-day military assault on the Gaza
Strip which ended just over a year ago, are still in tents and damaged
buildings; cold weather and recent flash floods have exacerbated their
plight, say aid workers and the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).
Heavy rain and flooding on 25 January badly hit tented communities in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza; al-Mughraqa, a town 6km southwest of Gaza City; and Ezbet Abed-Rabbo, east of Jabalia town in northern Gaza, said Hamas officials.
CHF 68,271 (USD 65,380 or EUR 46,402) has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Palestine Red Crescent Society (Palestine RC) in delivering immediate assistance to some 2,500 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
Summary: The operation is planned to enable the Palestine RC to ensure initial humanitarian response to the most vulnerable among the flood victims in Gaza. The DREF support will focus on basic relief needs through the provision of items such as blankets, mattresses, and hygiene kits.
Latest Developments since Tuesday, 26 January
WAM Abu Dhabi, 26th Jan. 2010 (WAM) -- The UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) will dispatch tomorrow an aid convoy to Gaza Strip through the Rafah Border Crossing to relieve people affected by recent floods.
RCA Chairman Ahmed Humaid Al Mazrouie said the convoy is carrying food and medical supplies worth Dh 3 million to meet basic needs of people there.
The recent floods, he said, had aggravated the suffering of Gazans and the RCA saw it is necessary to act urgently by launching a humanitarian programme to meet their living and heath needs.
Shocking. That's all that can be said of the sight al Mughraqa, Gaza, an area severely affected by the flooding that devastated areas of Gaza on Monday. Most of the residents of Mughraqa, near Nuseirat camp, are refugees with no land of their own. Many live in temporary shelters or tents with the sheep, camels, chicken and other livestock on whose produce they depend. Nuzha Al Rash survived Monday's floods, along with her husband Fayez and four children.
"It hit us when the dark started", she explains.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) declares a state of emergency on Monday (Jan 18, 2010) to cope with severe weather conditions which have resulted in significant damages in the Gaza Valley due to floods.
Since the first moment of the flooding, and through its operations room, the PRCS has dispatched its teams and volunteers to the flooded area to evacuate dozens of affected residents and to search for the missing ones.
The Society's teams have evacuated many trapped families in the areas of the Al Mughraqa, Nuseirat camp, and Hajar Al Deik.
TEL AVIV, 20 January 2010 (IRIN) - Heavy rain and flooding has forced hundreds of people from their homes in Khan Younis in the south of the Gaza Strip, according to the Gaza authorities.
About 115 homes were damaged and the sewage system was reported to be overflowing.
A witness in Gaza who works for a local NGO told IRIN that over 100 families had been made homeless, but warned the number might rise if the rain continued.
Some experts told IRIN Gaza's poor infrastructure is unable to cope, and there was a risk that sewage mixed with floodwater could cause communicable and …