RAFAH, Gaza Strip: Chilly winter rains lashed war-battered Gaza on Wednesday (Dec 13), compounding the struggling of Palestinians compelled from their houses and now huddling in flooded tents.
At a tent camp in Rafah, situated on sandy terrain strewn with garbage, individuals had been attempting to get better from a horrible evening, carrying buckets of sand to cowl puddles inside or simply exterior their tents, and hanging up soggy garments.
Some households have correct tents, however others are making do with tarpaulins or skinny, see-through plastic made to guard items, not present shelter for individuals. Many tents haven’t any floor sheets, so individuals spent the evening huddling on moist sand.
“It’s torn and water poured on us. We had been drenched,” stated Ramadan Mohadad, a middle-aged man who was attempting to repair his household’s shelter long-established from strips of plywood and a skinny plastic sheet.
Mohadad’s white T-shirt with stripes had massive moist patches across the collar and on each shoulders.
“We tried as a lot as we may to guard ourselves so water wouldn’t get by way of however rain received in … This plastic doesn’t defend individuals sleeping beneath it,” he stated.
Rips had been seen in different households’ plastic shelters, and a few confirmed puddles inside. One household had positioned a cement block on the entrance to behave as a form of dam, in addition to smaller bricks inside that regarded like stepping stones.