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Flood/storm in Gaza

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Type of Event:
Flood, Storm
Location of Event:
Gaza
Date of Charter Activation:
17 December 2013
Charter Requestor:
UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA
Project Management:
UNITAR/UNOSAT

Description of the event

A winter storm, Alexa, has caused days of snow and heavy rain in the Middle East since 12 December, and in Gaza the storm resulted in flooding that has forced the evacuation of over 5000 people.

It is reportedly the worst storm to strike the Middle East in over sixty years and many homes in Gaza were ill-equipped to cope with the almost unprecedented weather. In Jabaliya, the floodwaters reached as high as 2 metres in some areas.

The northern part of Gaza has been declared a disaster area by United Nations officials.

Thousands of homes have been inundated or left without power, and the thousands of evacuees' have been moved to emergency shelters and schools until the floodwaters recede.

Rafah and surrounding area, Gaza

Source: WorldView-2
Acquired: 22/12/2013

Copyright: DigitalGlobe
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Dayr Al-Balah to Jarara area, Gaza

Source: Pléiades
Acquired: 19/12/2013

Copyright: CNES 2013 - Distribution: Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A., all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Flooding in Dayr Al-Balah area, Gaza

Source: Pléiades
Acquired: 19/12/2013

Copyright: CNES 2013 - Distribution: Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A., all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Gaza City to Bayt Lahiya Area

Source: Pléiades
Acquired: 19/12/2013

Copyright: CNES 2013 - Distribution: Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A., all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Flooded areas, Gaza - Jibaliya Area

Source: Pléiades
Acquired: 19/12/2013

Copyright: CNES 2013 - Distribution: Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A., all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT