More than 4,000 evacuated from Gaza "disaster area" floods
GAZA (REUTERS) - More than 4,000 people have been evacuated from flood-damaged homes in northern Gaza in what the United Nations has called "a disaster area", officials said on Saturday.
Flooding has been so severe that access to many homes is by rowing boat and water is reported to be two metres high in some places. Many people have been trapped inside inundated homes by rising waters.
The flooding is the result of four days of torrential rains.
"Large swathes of northern Gaza are a disaster area with water as far as the eye can see," the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) that administers refugee camps in the Palestinian territory, said in a statement.