Gas-Fueled Room Heaters Donated to 360 Recipients in Gaza City and Khan Younis

Room heaters were distributed to hundreds of poor residents in Gaza to prevent them from hypothermia. As many as 360 poor residents in Al-Amreekiya neighborhood in Gaza and Khan Younis in South Gaza received these room heaters to help them in the midst of the chilly temperatures.

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Poor families in Gaza receive room heaters from ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, GAZA – Winter is still looming over the besieged Gaza Strip, Palestine. The precipitation rate in the area continues to increase, and the temperatures can drop drastically to 10 degrees Celsius at night. With the poverty that afflicts many local residents, winter can pose a threat of hypothermia to those without adequate preparation.

To ease the burden on poor families in Gaza, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) continued to distribute winter aid in the form of room heaters in Gaza. In mid-February, the distribution took place in Al-Amreekiya neighborhood in Gaza City and Khan Younis in North Gaza.

Said Mukaffiy from ACT's Global Humanity Response team explained that at least 360 beneficiaries from impoverished families receive the room heater assistance. With most of their houses being shabby and inadequate to protect the inhabitants from the freezing winter temperatures, they become vulnerable to hypothermia.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) defines hypothermia as an abnormally low body temperature caused by prolonged exposure to very cold temperatures. In adults, its symptoms include drowsiness, exhaustion, and shivering while in babies the symptoms are bright red and cold skin as well as very low energy.

The room heaters that were distributed were the gas-fueled ones. It is safer and relatively cheaper compared to the electric ones.

"In some cases, electric room heaters often break down due to short circuits. In fact, it can explode and cause injuries,” Said added, Saturday (2/19/2022).

The distribution of the gas-fueled room heaters this February marked the second room heater distribution for this year’s Winter Aid program. Previously, another distribution took place in late December at Beit Lahia in North Gaza and Al-Shojaiya in East Gaza.[]