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Source: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
23 October 2014

23 October 2014

538 children killed
(Protection Cluster, 22 October 2014)

2,254 total deaths
(Protection Cluster, 22 October 2014)

54,000 children homeless
(OCHA, 4 September 2014)

3,106 children injured
(Protection Cluster, 1 September 2014)

1,500 children orphaned
(Protection Cluster, 1 September 2014)

89 entire families killed
(OCHA, 25 August 2014)

UNICEF Funding Need
$39.9 million

UNICEF Funding Gap
$33.3 million

Harsh winter feared in Gaza

Palestinian officials fear that an expected cold spell this winter could further aggravate the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, where 5o days of armed conflict damaged and further degraded the rickety infrastructure. Up to 20,000 houses were destroyed or rendered inhabitable; 40,000 people remain displaced in collective shelters and many others stay with host families. "A cold spell would portend a fresh humanitarian disaster," a representative of Gaza City's Water Authority warned. "Many sewage pipes and water networks are still buried under the rubble. The worst that could happen this winter is that raw sewage trapped under the rubble would mix with rainwater and flood homes in Gaza City."

Last winter, some 3.o,000 people had to be evacuated after floods hit Gaza following powerful thunderstorms and four days of torrential rain. UNICEF reached out to affected children and families with essential hygiene supplies and children's clothing to protect their health and to keep them warm, with support of Bank of Palestine.

For the upcoming winter, UNICEF preparedness measures include procuring winter blankets, sleeping mats and winter track suits for children and women. A winterization workshop will be organized with Gaza's Coastal Municipal Water Utilities (CMWU) in order to assess the needs for mobile wastewater pumps for storm evacuation, should storm water lagoons threaten to overflow. There is also a need for other preventive measures such as cleaning gullies in the areas prone to flooding. Additional funds are required to meet the urgent needs of affected families in Gaza.

Situation Overview

Summary Analysis of UNICEF Scaled-up Programme Response

Child Protection

Education and Adolescents
Sanitation and Hygiene
Child Health & Nutrition


Next Sitrep: 6 November 2014

SóIrún Maria Ólafsdóttir, M&E and gender specialist, UNICEF, SoP, Jerusalem, Phone: +972 (0)2 584 0410, mail: smolafsdottir®unicef.orp, http://www.unicef.orp/oPt/,

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