8 families evacuated as heavy rains flood Gaza
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8 families evacuated as heavy rains flood Gaza

Sewage system takes a hit; residents of coastal enclave rescued by boat

Palestinian rescue members evacuate a woman from her flooded home during a heavy rain storm in Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian rescue members evacuate a woman from her flooded home during a heavy rain storm in Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP/Khalil Hamra)

Heavy rains have caused flooding across the Gaza Strip, overwhelming the territory’s beleaguered sewage system and forcing at least eight families to evacuate from their makeshift homes.

Basma al-Bishawi said some residents used buckets to try to bail water from their homes “in vain” on Thursday, and that he pulled his own son from a river of sewage.

Rescuers could be seen evacuating people on small boats, while other residents waded through knee-high water to reach safety.

Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on the Palestinian territory after the terror group Hamas seized power there in 2007. The restrictions, and three wars between Israel and Hamas, have taken a heavy toll on Gaza’s infrastructure.

Palestinian rescuers members evacuate a man from a flooded home using a fishing boat during a heavy rain storm in Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian rescuers members evacuate a man from a flooded home using a fishing boat during a heavy rain storm in Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP/Khalil Hamra)
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