PA to implement 3-stage plan to fix Gaza water crisis
Published Friday 05/09/2014 (updated) 06/09/2014 20:17
A Palestinian woman displaced from her home when fighting broke
out between Israel and Hamas militants over four weeks ago, carries
water bottles given to her as food handouts on Aug. 16, 2014 at a
United Nations school in Jabalia (AFP Roberto Schmidt)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority is working to implement a three-stage plan to solve the water crisis in Gaza after Israel's assault caused over $34.5 million worth of damages to water networks.
Deputy head of Gaza's water authority, Ribhi al-Sheikh, told Ma'an that the first stage will include a six-month humanitarian intervention to deliver clean drinking water to homeless Gazans and those displaced during Israeli attacks.
The second stage will require rebuilding damaged water networks and reservoirs, which will take over a year if the Gaza crossings operate on current levels of construction material allowed in.
The third stage will be to build water treatment and desalination plants, which would cost in the region of $800 million.
Al-Sheikh said that the EU, Islamic Bank, and World Bank would support the plan financially.
At least 17 kilometers of water supply networks were completely destroyed and another 29 partially destroyed during Israel's offensive.
Gaza's health ministry said skin diseases and rashes have been reported in housing shelters across Gaza due to a lack of water.