|Gaza - On the 27 th 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. Over 2000 persons - 333 families - have been made homeless and were evacuated from the flooded village.
In response to the emergency, UNFPA, the United Nation Population Fund together with its partner the Red Crescent Society in Gaza, distributed over 200 hygiene kits to women, in addition to providing psychosocial support to families staying in the temporary camp. Furthermore, a referral system has been developed to provide the displaced women with reproductive health services free of charge. UNFPA is currently coordinating its efforts for further assistance with other UN sister agencies, governmental and non-governmental organizations working in the Gaza Strip.
People relocated in the camp, as well as those remaining in Um Al Nasser village, are made vulnerable to several communicable diseases as a result of inadequate quantity and quality of water, poor personal hygiene and poor washing facilities.