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News Palestine: Floods in the Gaza Strip force hundreds to flee

 Flooding has forced more than 100 people from their homes and farms in Gaza after heavy rains hit the area.
Security services worked through the night to evacuate families from the area of Wadi Gaza, south of Gaza city.
At least 12 people were injured in the flooding which destroyed scores of homes and inundated animal pens.
Hamas, in control of the Gaza Strip, said the flooding is a "humanitarian disaster", and declared a state of emergency in the area.
"The flooding of Wadi Gaza endangers the lives of citizens because there are built up homes, farmlands and livestock pens that are completely flooded," said Mohammed al-Agha, the minister of agriculture.
The flooding cut off roads and washed away a bridge linking Gaza city to the south of the territory.
Flood waters reached three metres (9ft) in some places.
On Monday seven people were killed in the region when heavy rains caused the worst flash floods seen in a decade.
Two cars were swept off roads in Israel, killing two people.
A British tourist was killed when the Nile river boat he and his wife were travelling on capsized.
In Egypt four others were killed in the Sinai desert and port towns to the north and south of the desert.

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News type Inbrief
File link http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8467543.stm
Source of information IRIN
Subject(s) INFORMATION - COMPUTER SCIENCES , INFRASTRUCTURES , METHTODOLOGY - STATISTICS - DECISION AID , POLICY-WATER POLICY AND WATER MANAGEMENT , RISKS AND CLIMATOLOGY , WATER DEMAND
Relation http://www.semide.net/countries/fol749974/country608613
Geographical coverage Palestine
News date 20/01/2010
Working language(s) ENGLISH
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