Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza fuel crisis Situation Report (as of 26 November 2013, 1500 hrs)[EN/AR]

Highlights

  • Gaza is affected by one the most serious energy crises in recent years, with potentially serious humanitarian ramifications.

  • Since1 November, following the shutdown of the Gaza Power Plant as a result of a lack of fuel, households are experiencing power outages of up to 16 hours per day.

  • The operation of all 291 water and wastewater facilities has been affected, leading to sewage spills of tens of thousands of cubic meters in various locations, including in a residential area of Gaza City.

  • Shortages of affordable fuel used to operate backup generators have severely disrupted the normal functioning of critical hospital functions, such as emergency rooms, operating theatres, and neo-natal care.

  • While immediate mitigating measures are being sought to support the most critical functions, medium and longer-term solutions are urgently needed to avoid even greater humanitarian risks and improve the living conditions of average households.

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