Turkish wells help quench Gaza's thirst

The Turkish Red Crescent and the TIKA have dug seven wells and established three tanks for drinking water in the southern regions of Rafah and Khan Yunis.

Turkish wells help quench Gaza's thirst

World Bulletin / News Desk

Water wells tanks offered by Turkish foundations are effectively helping Palestinians in the Gaza Strip cute water shortage exacerbated by a growing fuel and electricity crisis.

"We have three wells and one tank in the northern, eastern and western parts of Rafah dug by the Turkish Red Crescent in 2010," Omar Shaaban, the head of the projects section at the Water Authority in Rafah, told Anadolu Agency.

He said the digging of the three wells had cost $300,000.

"The construction of the water tank, which has a storage capacity of 3,000 cubic meters, is nearly $1 million," added the official.

Shaaban said the three water wells were dug in areas where there is underground water suitable for human consumption.

"The wells have contributed to solving part of the water crisis in Rafah and improved the supply of water in the eastern, western and northern regions of Rafah," he noted.

The official said the Turkey-constructed wells have helped solve the water crisis in Rafah by 20 percent.

The Gaza Strip has been suffering an acute water shortage crisis induced by high water salinity and water pollution in most parts.

The electrical power and fuel crises have added insult to injuries.

Several Turkish organizations have come to Gaza with an eye on alleviating the suffering of its nearly two million people, particularly when it comes to water scarcity.

The Turkish Red Crescent and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) have dug seven wells and established three tanks for drinking water in the southern regions of Rafah and Khan Yunis.

More needed

Shaaban, however, said Gazans continue to complain about the lack of electricity, which negatively affects the ability of local authorities to deliver water to homes.

Gaza's authorities announced earlier this month that they would be obliged to reduce water delivery to homes by 60 percent because of the electricity crisis in the strip, noting that water cannot be delivered on a daily basis to a staggering 90 percent of the Gaza homes.

Shaaban said three more water wells are still needed in Rafah as well as one more water tank so that the water crisis can be totally solved in the town.

He expressed hopes that the Turkish government and Turkish humanitarian organizations would take the initiative to dig these much-needed wells and provide the tank for drinking water.

For his part, the head of the water section at the Water Authority in Khan Yunis, Yasser Shaat, said TIKA had dug four water wells in the city, helping to solve the water crisis in the city by 30 percent.

He, however, added that Khan Yunis is in bad need for a water desalination station so that it can use sea water in quenching the thirst of its residents.

"We highly value Turkish efforts in alleviating the suffering of the people of Gaza," Shaat said. "We really hope that Turkish institutions would maintain their support."

Last Mod: 24 Kasım 2013, 18:39
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