Although the winter storm, characterized by heavy rains, strong winds, low temperatures and snowfall has passed, communities throughout the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) continue to experience its impact.
The storm and its aftermath is exacerbating the already poor humanitarian situation of large segments of the Palestinian population, particularly in the Gaza Strip, which was already dealing with an acute fuel and energy crisis. Fuel entered Gaza on 15 December, allowing the Gaza Power Plant (GPP) to resume limited operations for the first time since 1 November, but power outages of 12 hours per day are taking place.
Heavy flooding across the Gaza Strip resulted in the displacement of approximately 6,000 people to temporary shelters and relatives’ homes at the height of the storm. Most of the displaced families have left schools and community centres; however, approximately, 1,000 were still taking shelter in three schools as of 15 December. The situation in most flooded areas has improved except for Gaza city.
In Gaza, plant production has been severely affected, particularly greenhouses and open fields. It is feared that the entire cash crop season has been lost. Significant damages also affected the livestock sector with an estimated 20,250 chickens reported to have perished from the storm.
Palestinian herding communities located across Area C of the West Bank sustained significant damage to already precarious shelters, alongside extensive losses of livestock. However, the impact cannot be fully assessed due to a continuing lack of access to many areas. Most schools in the West Bank remain closed.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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