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05/09/2017 - 16:42hs

UNICEF warns of water shortage in Gaza

The United Nations agency said children are especially at risk. Only 5% of water drawn from a local aquifer is fit for consumption.

New York – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warns that Gaza residents are at risk, especially the children. It said one of the biggest challenges facing the area is the dearth of drinking water. Moreover, 70% of the population relies on aid to survive and 42% are unemployed.

Youth unemployment is even higher at 60%. Gaza has 2 million residents, half of whom are children or under 18. They lack drinking water and basic sanitation.

The UNICEF reports that only 5% of the water drawn from a local aquifer is fit for consumption. By the end of the year, the aquifer should be useless. The UNICEF admonishes that if no action is taken, it could be irreversibly damaged in five years. At least 25% of Gaza dwellers have no sewage.

Many Palestinian families attempt to work around the water shortage by buying pumps and gallons at high prices. Even then, water quality is not guaranteed, and many children get diseases from drinking contaminated water.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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