Deaths as sewage swamps Gaza town

A spewing river of sewage and mud that erupted after an earth embankment around a cesspool collapsed has killed at least three people and forced residents to flee a village in the northern Gaza Strip.

Deaths as sewage swamps Gaza town

A spewing river of sewage and mud that erupted after anearth embankment around a cesspool collapsed has killed at least three peopleand forced residents to flee a village in the northern Gaza Strip.

Dozens of residents of Umm Naser were still unaccounted forafter the sewage knocked down many makeshift homes, officials said.

Hani al-Qawasmi, the Palestinian interior minister, whorushed to the village to survey the damage, came under attack from angry armedmen who fired shots over his head, local witnesses said.

Al-Qawasmi was driven to safety in a police car.

A local official blamed shoddy infrastructurein the village of 3,000 for the disaster.

Sewage 'tsunami'

Muawiya Hassanin of the Palestinian health ministry said a70-year-old woman, four-year-old boy and a man had died in the sudden flood.

Another 25 people were injured and at least 25houses completely submerged.

Ziad Abu Farya, head of the village council,described the scene as "our tsunami".

Fadel Kawash, head of the Palestinian water authority, saidthat the level of sewage in the pool had increased over the past few days,creeping up the earth embankments around the pool until one collapsed,"causing the sewage to pour towards the village".

Angry residents drove reporters out of the area and mobbedgovernment officials.

"We lost everything. Everything was covered by theflood. It's a disaster," said Amina Afif, 65, whose small shack wasdestroyed.

Source:Agencies

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