OPT: Waste Water Treatment Plant Floods - Mar 2007
North Gaza district is nearing a new environmental disaster owing to problems with main sewage plant; especially as rainy winter is approaching. The risk is expected to impact not only the population of the villageof Umm An-Nasr, but also the 250,000 population of the district. This problem has been standing for years now, as the work to build an alternative, modern treatment plant continues in the east of the district.
Al Mezan Center for Human Rightsheld a workshop on "North Gaza Sewage Treatment Plant (NGTP) and Environmental Risks in Um An-Nasser Village". It took place yesterday, Monday 10 September 2007.
June 13, 2007 - Gaza - The Bedouin village of Um An-Nasir in the Northern Gaza Strip suffered a severe flood of wastewater on March 27, 2007. Shortly thereafter, on a nearby hillside, UNRWA positioned tents for the newly homeless families.
Caritas Jerusalem was there when the disaster happened and we wanted to follow up on the situation to see how the people were managing under the current situation in Um An-Nasir. We wanted particularly to get a child's perspective. In this regard, we met six-year-old Ayman Al Braq.
It is now one month since effluent from an emergency filtration basin at the waste water treatment plant in Beit Lahia flooded the nearby Bedouin village of Um Al Nasser on 27 March killing five people and injuring 25 others.
UMM NASSER, 16 April 2007 (IRIN) - Hundreds of Bedouin families living in tents after their north Gaza village was flooded with sewage are in urgent need of medicine and blankets, the UN and local doctors have warned.
Three hundred families are living in tents pitched on high ground near Umm Nasser, the village that was flooded after a filtration basin broke, sending thousands of cubic metres of sewage into the village on 27 March.
The new refugee camp sits on the top of the hill that is Um Nasser, north Gaza. Upon entering the camp, just to the right, one can find Tent Number 1, and in this new tent, the Abu Atek family; a different group of people to those before 27 March 2007.
Salem Abu Atek, 42 years old and his wife, along with his sister in-law and 10 children recall with horror the images of death that emerged from the flooded sewage that day.
UMM NASSER, 11 April 2007 (IRIN) - A further 800 Palestinian homes could be swamped by raw sewage in northern Gaza if the side of a lake containing sewage is not shored up immediately, the United Nations has warned.
Two children and three women were killed and 18 people injured in the Bedouin village of Umm Nasser near Beit Lahiya when an earthen embankment around a sewage reservoir collapsed on 27 March, sending a torrent of sewage and mud through the village.
Locals are now living in tents on higher ground.
- Overview - update
The updated figures related to the flood affecting - on the 27th of March - part of the Bedouin village of Um Al Nasser, in northern Gaza strip, are the following:
- Three children and three women were killed and a further 18 were injured (MoH sources).
- 333 families (2168 people), of which 26 (151 people) local residents and the remaining refugees have been evacuated from the flooded village to a nearby site, in 376 tents.
On 27 March effluent from an emergency filtration basin at the waste water treatment plant in Beit Lahia (Gaza Strip) flooded the nearby Bedouin village of Um Al Nasser killing five people and injuring 25 others (Source: Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH)). Since this time, there has been concern of repeat flooding in the area and efforts are being undertaken by local authorities and humanitarian organisations to mitigate this risk.
A Christian Aid partner is assisting with a rescue operation after a flood of sewage swept through a village in the northern Gaza Strip, killing at least five people.
The devastation occurred when a waste water treatment pool burst its banks next to the village of Um Nasser in Beit Lahiya, forcing around 1,500 people to flee their homes.
Two elderly women, two children and a teenage girl were among the dead while a further eleven people are missing.
At least 250 houses were damaged by the flood.
April 2, 2007 - Gaza - On Tuesday, March 27th 2007 at 9:00 am, a huge holding pond of sewage burst flooding the Bedouin village of Um An-Nasir in the northern Gaza Strip. The village sits right next to the sewage pond.
The flood of sewage caused massive damage. Six people are reported dead and many others are unaccounted for or injured. More than 5,000 people live in this area; most of them have evacuated their homes due to the presence of the contaminated water.
The situation there is devastating. We have observed already needy Bedouin families evacuating their inundated homes.
Youth in Gaza Mobilize for Flood Clean-Up Effort
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On the 27th of March, 2007, at about 9.30 AM, a basin of sewage burst its banks and flooded part of the Bedouin village of Um Al Nasser, in northern Gaza strip, with 5000 inhabitants (700 families).
In the disaster, two children and three women were killed and a further 24 were injured.
About 1,800 people - 280 families - have been made homeless and evacuated from the flooded village.
PA, UN and humanitarian agencies rapidly responded to the emergency. The most urgent humanitarian needs have been met.
The ICRC and Palestine Red Crescent are taking emergency action to help avert a new disaster, following the collapse of a sewage reservoir on 27 March that wrecked some 250 homes.
The move comes in response to a request from the water authorities in northern Gaza to try to reduce the threat to Beit Lahiya and surrounding communities from the main sewage reservoir. The facility, which contains about 2.5 million cubic metres of semi-treated waste, is already full but continues to receive a daily inflow of up to 30,000 cubic metres.
On the morning of 27 March, the Bedouin village of Um Al Nasser in northern Gaza was hit by an unprecedented humanitarian disaster. After the earth embankment around a sewage reservoir serving the village collapsed, flooding the area with raw sewage and mud, hundreds of houses, shacks, and livelihood structures were destroyed and some 250 families were left homeless.
CARE fournit une aide humanitaire d'urgence aux palestiniens dans le village de Oum Nasser, dans le nord de la Bande de Gaza. Cette intervention répond à l'effondrement d'un bassin de rétention d'eaux usées qui a provoqué de graves inondations et la mort de 6 personnes. D'importants dégâts ont également été causés sur les infrastructures et les biens. De nombreux habitants se retrouvent sans-abri.
Dès mercredi après-midi, CARE a distribué à 280 familles de la nourriture pour une semaine.
PRCS set up the Advanced Medical Post at Om El Nasser village in Gaza Strip to deal with the causalities related to the disaster of the sewage reservoir which collapsed and flooded the village last Wednesday 28/3/2007.
PRCS Emergency Medical Services (EMS) & Disaster Management Unit (DMU) as well as the volunteers, in coordination with the Civil Defense and the Ministry of Health, responded for evacuation, treatment and relief items distributions. The PRCS evacuated 300 families and distributed milk bottles for babies, and baby hygiene kits.
(New York: 28 March 2007): United Nations relief agencies are responding to the needs arising from the bursting of a sewage reservoir in an emergency filtration basin at the waste water treatment plant in Beit Lahia in Gaza.
According to latest reports, waste flooding into the nearby Bedouin village of Um Al Nasser killed four people and injured 18, while 11 people remain missing. Ninety-six homes were destroyed or damaged.
Northern Gaza - March 28 2007 - The Northern Gaza Strip has seen their situation go from bad to worse. If the repeated incursions into the area and the ongoing struggle to survive by the people there due to escalating poverty, a new catastrophe took place yesterday. At 9:00am, the embankment surrounding a pool of sewage burst near the Bedouin village of Um An-Nasir in the northern Gaza Strip. The village is located in a low-lying area next to the untreated sewage pool. The flood of sewage caused vast damage. Six people are reported dead and many others are lost and injured.
The Beit Lahia waste-water treatment plant is located in the northern Gaza strip. The plant is designed to serve up to 50,000 habitants. The total population of the area served by the plant is now around 190,000- according to OCHA reports- and the plant has reached maximum capacity of 110 acres.
As a result a new filtration basin at the existing sewage treatment plant was constructed to help reduce the volume of the effluent lake, and prevent further flooding and in the long run, a new treatment plant should be constructed in north eastern Gaza to increase capacity.