ACTNews,GAZA – Palestinian Department of Meteorology warned of severe weather in Gaza, Friday (2/15). Heavy rains and cold weather covered the area until Monday (2/18). The temperature in Gaza reached around 10 to 12 degree Celsius. Rainfalls and storm are predicted to hit several areas in Gaza. Local residents are warned about the probability of floods. Due to the severe weather, the Palestinians are in need of basic supplies that can help them fight the unfriendly weather.
This winter, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) has been delivering humanitarian aid for Palestine. In late January, 425 jackets were distributed to children in several regions in Gaza, such as Shuja’iya, Khan Younis and Beit Lahia. The children were very happy for the new jackets.
Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT reported that the new sweaters were distributed to orphaned and special need children. “Many children have to go to school every day in freezing cold because they have no proper winter clothes. Alhamdulillah, the jackets that we distributed in late January can benefit them until now and can protect them from the cold weather,” said Faradiba, Monday (2/18).
Mariam, a fatherless child with special need, felt very happy for the new jacket that she received. Her mother couldn’t buy her a new jacket due to difficult economic condition. “I feel very happy. Thank you, ACT,” said Mariam.
The winter in Palestine has started since October – November 2018. In early 2019, the temperature continued to drop.
The winter in Gaza affect both adults and children amidst the blockade imposed by Israel. Many Palestinian schoolchildren are malnourished and going to school without breakfast.
The winter in Gaza also severely affects animals. In mid-January, four lion cubs were reportedly dead. The cubs died from the cold in a Gaza zoo after wind ripped protective plastic sheeting from their cage during a winter storm, the zoo's owner has said. “Blockade on Gaza makes it difficult to obtain food and equipment necessary for animal care,” said Fathy Joma, the zoo owner.