Gaza children get only 10% of standard water, UNICEF warns

Significantly below recommended survival levels

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GAZA — On Wednesday, UNICEF that children in the Gaza Strip are receiving only 10 percent of their standard water consumption, highlighting the dire conditions for recently displaced children in the southern Gaza Strip, who are receiving a meager 1.5 to 2 liters of water daily, significantly below recommended survival levels, UNICEF estimates.اضافة اعلان

According to emergency relief standards, the minimum water quantity needed, including for drinking, washing, and cooking, is 15 liters per person per day. The estimated minimum for survival alone is three liters per day, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Hundreds of thousands of internally displaced individuals, half of whom are children, have arrived in Rafah since early December and are in urgent need of food, water, shelter, medicine, and protection. As demand continues to rise, water and sanitation systems in the city have reached a critical state.

The ongoing hostilities, coupled with power shortages, fuel scarcity, restricted access, and infrastructure damage, have left at least 50 percent of water and sanitation facilities damaged or destroyed, UNICEF stated.

The UN emphasized that the impact on children is particularly tragic, as they are more vulnerable to dehydration, diarrhea, diseases, and malnutrition. Therefore, these factors can exacerbate threats to their survival.

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