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Gazans facing growing health hazards due to waste and sewage

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The Gaza municipality warned on Saturday that diseases are spreading due to waste pile-up and sewage overflow as a result of Israel’s ongoing aggression against the coastal enclave.

In a statement on X, the municipality said that 90,000 tons of garbage and the mixture of overflowing sewage and rainwater in Gaza’s streets would lead to growing health problems among the citizens.

Health officials in Gaza have been warning for a while of the increasing threat of infectious diseases as access to food and medicine supplies remains impeded.

UN and international organizations have also been sounding the alarm about the catastrophic impacts of poor sanitation and the health care system collapse in Gaza on the population.

Waterborne diseases are spreading in Gaza due to the lack of clean water and rising temperatures, according to the UN humanitarian coordinator in Gaza.

“It is becoming very hot there,” Jamie McGoldrick told reporters via video link from Jerusalem on Friday. “People are getting much less water than they need and; as a result, there have been waterborne diseases due to lack of safe and clean water and the disruption of the sanitation systems.”

“We have to find a way in the months ahead of how we can have a better supply of water into the areas where people are currently crowded at the moment,” he said, after making his final visit to Gaza at the end of his three-month assignment.

Contaminated water and poor sanitation are linked to diseases, such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery and hepatitis A, according to the World Health Organization.

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