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Tsunami of sewage in Gaza kills four

Despite the initial hilarity of the situation upon refelction this is really sad, that infrastructure is so run down events such as sewage killing four people actually happens.

The people must have lived witht eh smell and disease on a daily basis.

At least four Palestinians drowned in a tsunami of raw sewage on Tuesday when a water treatment reservoir burst, flooding a village in the northern Gaza Strip.

The deluge, triggered by the collapse of a septic system aid organisations had long warned was dangerously overburdened, submerged dozens of homes in the Bedouin farming village of Umm al-Nasr beneath a cesspool of foul-smelling effluent.

Two women, one more than 70 years old, and two toddlers aged one and two died in the flood. Fifteen people were injured and scores more are still missing, according to Palestinian medics.

Village children clung to wooden doors floating on the putrid waters as rescuers used boats to help the victims.

"The situation is very bad," village mayor Ziad Abu Thabet said, comparing the disaster to a "tsunami." "Around 70 percent of the village houses were flooded by the waters," he said.

Palestinian television and radio opened their news broadcasts by also describing the disaster as a "sewage tsunami."

Newly appointed Palestinian interior minister Hani al-Qawasmeh rushed to the scene to inspect the damage, but angry villagers chased him off by firing guns at his convoy and wounding two policemen, witnesses said.

As far back as January 2004, UN aid agencies in the Gaza Strip had warned that the north Gaza sewage treatment facility was operating far beyond its capacity and posed a grave danger to nearby residents.


Designed to serve just 50,000 people, the plant at that time was handling waste from 190,000 Gaza residents.

Excess sewage had already flooded around 110 acres, and 50 percent of children in Umm Al-Nasr had developed problems with their digestive systems, a UN report found.

"Unless action is taken to address this problem, water in this effluent lake will spill out over the holding basins into residential areas, and directly into homes," the report concluded.

In Israel, Defence Minister Amir Peretz ordered the army to provide assistance to the victims if asked to do so by the Palestinian Authority.

The Islamist Hamas movement, the leading partner in a newly formed Palestinian unity government, blamed the disaster on the suspension of direct foreign aid to the cabinet that was imposed a year ago when it formed a cabinet alone. Hamas is considered in the West to be a terrorist group.

"Hamas thinks that the overflowing of the basin is one of the results of the suspension of international aid to our people, which is preventing the government from improving and developing infrastructure," it said in a statement.

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By netchicken: posted on 28-3-2007

Yes despite the title it isnít amusing at all. But why have a treatment plant in an
Area that the populace resides in. I thought those thing were kept considerable
Distance away. At least hear in Adelaide, Bolivar were our sewage treatment is
As far as I know isnít in position to cause that sort of problems if it happened here.
And being not far from the sea it would drain into that.
So either building a population too close or the lake was made too close was the
Problem to begin with I would say. Secondly what does having no foreign aid
Have to do with it. Donít they have any money or equipment to build another one
To prevent overflowing or bursting? Maybe less money spent on weapons and bombs
Would give them enough money to prevent the preventable.
You can only blame there own government and no one else for this.
By Shan: posted on 28-3-2007

... Quote:
The Islamist Hamas movement, the leading partner in a newly formed Palestinian unity government, blamed the disaster on the suspension of direct foreign aid to the cabinet that was imposed a year ago when it formed a cabinet alone. Hamas is considered in the West to be a terrorist group.

"Hamas thinks that the overflowing of the basin is one of the results of the suspension of international aid to our people, which is preventing the government from improving and developing infrastructure," it said in a statement.


Was waiting for this part, where Hamas or some other gaggle of bomb blowing reprobates finds some way to blame this on the West or israel. And they havent disappointed me, either.

Notice that the Palestinian authorities went out there to try and help these idiots, and they responded by shooting at their convoy. Wonderful.

:ba
By Twilight_Rogue: posted on 29-3-2007

Turns out the cause of the collapse might be beacuse of the locals selling the walls. The people dug away at the wall and sold the dirt. What did they expect would happen?

... Quote:
The tragedy occurred when an earth embankment around one of the seven holding basins collapsed.

Some reports said the embankments were weakened by rain.

But Gaza City mayor Majid Abu Ramadan blamed the collapse on local residents digging dirt from the structures and selling it to building companies for US$70 a truckload.

The collapse of the sewage reservoir will force officials to divert the waste into the other six basins, putting those in danger as well.


 http://newpaper.asia1.com.s...
By netchicken: posted on 31-3-2007

So basically, this tragedy, like 95% of the the misery in the middle east, is brought about by their own ignorance, stupidity, shortsightedness.

By the way, who the hell sells dirt? I mean, like dirt isnt a readily available commodity? Are these people braindead? Or will they turn it around and say they need the dirt because Israel took all their land, so they need soil from a sewage basin?

:ba
By Twilight_Rogue: posted on 1-4-2007








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