Humanitarian Situation Report #3
3 April 2007 – 5 pm
Beit Lahia Waste Water Treatment Plant
On 27 March effluent from an emergency filtration basin at the waste water treatment plant in Beit Lahia (Gaza Strip) flooded the nearby Bedouin village of Um Al Nasser killing five people and injuring 25 others (Source: Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH)). Since this time, there has been concern of repeat flooding in the area and efforts are being undertaken by local authorities and humanitarian organisations to mitigate this risk. To avoid further flooding, the level of wastewater in the area has to be urgently reduced and the banks of existing basins simultaneously reinforced.