ACTNews, GAZA STRIP - During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Humanity Water Tank from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) continued distributing clean water throughout Gaza Strip. From the beginning of October to the end of December 2020, millions of liters of water was distributed to thousands of families along the Gaza Strip.
"From October 1 to December 31, 2020, Alhamdulillah, ACT volunteers in the Gaza Strip have distributed more than four million liters of clean water to around 5,000 families. Each family gets 1,000 liters of clean water, ”reported Said Mukaffiy from the Global Humanity Response - ACT team, Saturday (23/01/2021). Said added that this tank truck that carries clean water reached all areas of the Gaza Strip, from North Gaza, Gaza City, Central Gaza, Khan Younis, to Rafah.
The distribution of clean water to thousands of families in Gaza through the Humanity Water Tank is one of ACT's efforts to meet the needs of clean water for Gazans. Living in an area of 360 km2, more than two million Gazans suffer from poverty and a clean water crisis due to blockades and damaged infrastructure.
"Apart from the siege, poverty and other economic problems, the Gazans also suffer from a clean water crisis. Poor and marginalized areas in Gaza always suffer from a shortage of potable water, " added Said.
According to the human rights organization B'TSelem, 96.2 percent of the groundwater used by many families in Gaza is not suitable for consumption due to pollution. In addition, the intermittent electricity limits the ability of the local residents to operate pumps to fill up their water containers. This forces them to buy water privately even if the quality is usually substandard.