Heavy Rains Cause Widespread Flooding, Power Cuts in Gaza

Extreme weather places further strain on run-down infrastructure of the blocked Strip.

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A Palestinian man drives his horse-drawn cart through a flooded beach-side street, in Gaza City, Tuesday, January 26, 2016.
A Palestinian man drives his horse-drawn cart through a flooded beach-side street, in Gaza City, Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Credit: AP

Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, placing further strain on run-down infrastructure and power supplies in the blockaded Palestinian territory.

Rescue services used paddle boards to evacuate residents from a dozen flooded homes. Pools formed on main roads due to the poor drainage network.

Some 1.8 million people live in the coastal enclave, which is controlled by the Islamic militant group Hamas.

Hamas said dozens of chickens had died in Gaza farms. At one chicken coop, workers waded through waist-high water to retrieve dead birds and eggs.

Frequent power cuts and gas shortages have worsened due to the inclement weather, and some residents are burning wood to keep warm.

Mahmoud al-Shawa of the gas distributors' union says not enough gas is entering the territory.

Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on Gaza when Hamas seized the territory from the Western-backed Palestinian Authority in 2007.

Palestinian children walk in the rain on their way to buy breakfast from a neighborhood restaurant, in Gaza City, January 26, 2016.Credit: AP
A Palestinian worker swims while trying to salvage chickens from a flooded chicken farm in the town of Rafah , southern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.Credit: AP
A Palestinian woman, prepares food with her son and her husband at their damaged house on January 26, 2016, during a winter storm in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.Credit: AFP
A Palestinian boy gets out of his father's car amidst flood waters during a winter storm in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip January 25, 2016.Credit: Reuters
A member of Palestinian Civil Defense paddles a boat in flood waters as he makes his way to evacuate people in Gaza, January 26, 2016.Credit: Reuters
Seagulls fly during a rainstorm over the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, January 26, 2016.Credit: AP
A Palestinian woman opens the door to her temporary housing during a winter storm in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis on January 25, 2016.Credit: AFP
Palestinians warm themselves next to a fire after a rainstorm, in Jebaliya refugee camp, Gaza Strip, January 26, 2016.Credit: AP
Palestinian rescue services use a floating device to try to salvage chickens from their flooded chicken farms in Gaza, January 26, 2016. Credit: AP
A Palestinian barefoot girl runs between zinc sheet houses during a cold rainstorm in the Bedouin village, northern Gaza Strip, January 26, 2016. Credit: AP
Waves crash on the rocks during a storm in Gaza City on January 24, 2016.Credit: AFP
Dead chickens are seen after a chicken farm flooded in the town of Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, January 26, 2016.Credit: AP

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