Hundreds of Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday were forced to evacuate their homes due to rising water levels, as winter Storm Huda began to take a toll on the besieged coastal enclave on the third day of its landing.
Hatem al-Khur, an official in the Khuzaa municipality east of Khan Younis responsible for the displaced, said that 49 mobile homes had been inundated in the neighborhood of Abu Rida in his city, while 100 more families were living in destroyed homes that he deemed uninhabitable.
"People are calling us for help and we are not capable of helping them after the recent war," he said, highlighting that the families most severely affected by the storm had all lost their homes in Israel's summer assault that left 2,200 dead and 110,000 homeless.
He told Ma'an that locals are calling upon international institutions to intervene and end their suffering, as local officials lacked the resources to help.
Muhammad al-Meidana, spokesman for Gaza civil defense teams, told Ma'an that other areas hit badly by floods were the al-Barahmeh and Obeida neighborhoods of western Rafah, where residents had to flee dozens of homes that were flooded by rain water.
Several homes were also reported flooded east of Khan Younis, also in the southern Gaza Strip. more