Occupied Palestinian Territory: Winter Storm Situation Report (as of 14 December 2013, 2100 hrs) [EN/AR]

Situation Report
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  • A winter storm, characterized by heavy rains, strong winds, low temperatures and snowfall hit the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) on 11 December.

  • The storm is exacerbating the already poor humanitarian situation for large segments of the Palestinian population, particularly in the Gaza Strip, which is already dealing with an acute fuel and energy crisis, and in herding communities located across Area C of the West Bank.

  • Heavy flooding across the Gaza Strip resulted in the displacement of approximately 10,000 people to temporary shelters and relatives’ homes.

  • Additional thousands are expected to be evacuated from their homes in Gaza City and Khan Younis following the overflow of water pumping stations and lagoons on 14 December.

  • Heavy snow rendered dozens of communities across the West Bank inaccessible; tens of thousands of homes were left without electricity supply.

  • Herding communities located across Area C of the West Bank sustained significant damage to already precarious shelters, alongside extensive losses of livestock.

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