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Sewage 'tsunami' kills 5
Associated Press by way of the Winnipeg Sun ^ | 28MAR07 | Associated Press

Posted on 03/28/2007 5:04:18 AM PDT by familyop

UMM NASER, Gaza Strip -- A huge sewage reservoir in the northern Gaza Strip collapsed Tuesday, killing five people in a frothing cascade of waste and mud that swamped a village and highlighted the desperate need to upgrade Gaza's overburdened infrastructure.

Rescue crews and Hamas gunmen rushed to the area to search for people feared buried under the sewage and mud. Dressed in wetsuits, they paddled boats through the layer of foam floating on the green and brown rivers of waste. Others waded up to their hips into the sewage.

The noxious smell of waste and dead animals hung in the air. Ziad Abu Farya, head of the village council, described the scene as "our tsunami."

'IT'S A DISASTER'

"We lost everything. Everything was covered by the flood. It's a disaster," said Amina Afif, 65, whose shack was destroyed.

The wave killed two women in their 70s, two toddlers and a teenage girl and injured 35 other people, hospital officials said. More than 200 homes were destroyed, health officials said. The Gaza City mayor blamed the collapse on local people digging dirt from the structure and selling it to building contractors.

A local Palestinian official blamed the disaster on shoddy infrastructure, and UN officials said they had been warning of a catastrophe since a 2004 UN report warned that the sewage facility was at maximum capacity and flooding was inevitable unless a new waste treatment plant was constructed.


TOPICS: Extended News; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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1 posted on 03/28/2007 5:04:19 AM PDT by familyop
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To: familyop
Looks like they need Jewish help-their Arab 'friends' aren't doing much for them.
2 posted on 03/28/2007 5:08:36 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (For what saith the scripture? (Rom.4:3))
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To: familyop
Yesterday's report on this said that the money for fixing it had long been there, they were just waiting for the violence to die down.

Somehow, AP let that little detail slip out of their story...

3 posted on 03/28/2007 5:09:11 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: familyop

The victims sound like those least able to help themselves in a crisis.Did all the able-bodied men run away or try to save their guns and bomb vests and ignore the screams of the helpless?


4 posted on 03/28/2007 5:09:25 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
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To: SJackson
Ping to a Gaza social event. For some reason, a Beach Boys song comes to mind.

"Ziad Abu Farya, head of the village council, described the scene as 'our tsunami.'"
5 posted on 03/28/2007 5:10:31 AM PDT by familyop (Everybody's gone surfin', surfin' Gaza Strip.)
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To: familyop

They just didn't have the money to fix it...what with all the weapons they need to buy so they can destroy the infidel Israelis...and the great satan wouldn't give them any money either...so look what happened to the poor poor Palestinians.../sarc


6 posted on 03/28/2007 5:10:36 AM PDT by stefanbatory
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To: familyop
Ziad Abu Farya, head of the village council, described the scene as "our tsunami."

No, 200,000 dead and your entire community wiped off the face of the earth would be "your tsunami". This is more like what happens when one of your suicide bombers gets loose.

7 posted on 03/28/2007 5:13:12 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (Objects in the mirror are more easily seen than they were through the windshield.)
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To: familyop
The Gaza City mayor blamed the collapse on local people digging dirt from the structure and selling it to building contractors

If the mayor knew this was happening, why didn't he stop the digging and fix the holes? Or was this Katrina II where it was only a matter of time before the obvious happened?

8 posted on 03/28/2007 5:13:35 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: mtbopfuyn

Somehow this looks like Darwinism at work


9 posted on 03/28/2007 5:16:37 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: familyop

"Abu...are you okay?....your looking flushed!...har har harrr!" joked the always hilarious Akbar.


10 posted on 03/28/2007 5:17:29 AM PDT by DainBramage
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To: Izzy Dunne

Well, they spend all their time and money making vicious war on people (Israel) who mean them no harm, so when the #### hits the fan they should not be surprized. They seem, however, to be.


11 posted on 03/28/2007 5:18:15 AM PDT by twonie (RUDY FOR PRESIDENT '08. THERE - A COMMITMENT OUT LOUD.)
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To: familyop

This really stinks for all involved.


12 posted on 03/28/2007 5:20:37 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (There are 2 types of Rudy fans - the uninformed or anti-conservative TROLLS who do not belong on FR)
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To: fortheDeclaration

What do they expect when their last technological breakthrough was putting a handle on a shovel?


13 posted on 03/28/2007 5:20:47 AM PDT by Safetgiver (Stinko De mayo, Stinko to the Commies.)
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To: fortheDeclaration
Looks like they need Jewish help-their Arab 'friends' aren't doing much for them.

Touché!

14 posted on 03/28/2007 5:26:42 AM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: familyop

Sewage 'tsunami'?

Sounds like a real sh*tstorm.


15 posted on 03/28/2007 5:28:16 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: familyop
UN officials said they had been warning of a catastrophe since a 2004 UN report warned that the sewage facility was at maximum capacity and flooding was inevitable unless a new waste treatment plant was constructed.

Well, there is the problem. If anyone knows about raw sewage it is the UN. Better listen.

16 posted on 03/28/2007 5:28:25 AM PDT by Condor 63
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

High Volume. Articles on Israel can also be found by clicking on the Topic or Keyword Israel. or WOT [War on Terror]

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The reason the US "target" our aid, over $400 million last year to the palestinians, is to prevent them from stealing it, prevent them from using it for terror, I'm sure they do none of that, and to be certain it benefits the populace.

Twenty projects in 2003 and 2004 alone. I guess we're just not giving them enough money.

 
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Traditional Palestinian stone house, 1940's

September 15, 2004

Rafah Sewage Treatment Plant Back in Business

RAFAH, Gaza -- United States Agency for International Development (USAID) this week completed the renovation of the aging Rafah Wastewater Treatment Plant, eliminating the danger of sewage flooding in this densely populated area.

USAID provided the sewage treatment facility with a permanent power supply, two new pumps and assorted electrical equipment, which will allow it to function continuously and efficiently. More than 50,000 people, whose health and welfare had been seriously endangered by the regular flooding of raw sewage, benefited from the project.

Since October 2003, USAID has funded 20 emergency and quick impact water projects designed to respond to water and sewage emergencies in the Gaza Strip. The projects cost a total of $2.3 million and benefited five Gaza municipalities with 385,000 people.

The projects included the laying of 15,000 meters of sewer pipes and 21,700 meters of water lines in Gaza, the installation of six pumps in wells and treatment plants, the provision of excavators, generators, transformers and tools to five municipalities.


17 posted on 03/28/2007 5:28:29 AM PDT by SJackson (restoring the Jews to their homeland is a noble dream shared by many Americans, A. Lincoln)
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To: Alouette; martin_fierro; Tijeras_Slim; Yehuda; dennisw; aculeus; dighton; Lijahsbubbe
a frothing cascade of waste and mud

Gaza's new waterpark, where locals line up to be oxtered to (or is that from?) the loo ping.

18 posted on 03/28/2007 5:28:51 AM PDT by Thinkin' Gal (As it was in the days of NO...)
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To: familyop
A huge sewage reservoir in the northern Gaza Strip collapsed Tuesday, killing five people in a frothing cascade of waste and mud that

... resulted in several million dollars worth of civic improvements.

19 posted on 03/28/2007 5:28:58 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("On 11/07/06, 'true' conservatives and 'rat traitors joined forces to bring Sharia law to America.")
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To: Izzy Dunne
Yesterday's report on this said that the money for fixing it had long been there...

That the money was still there, resting nice and safe, just waiting to be used? Right. And I'll take vanilla.

20 posted on 03/28/2007 5:30:42 AM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: familyop
They can throw stones but no one knows which way an apple falls. Brilliant!
21 posted on 03/28/2007 5:30:49 AM PDT by Dosa26 (Admiral: Is it true people are eating paper to stay alive? XO: No sir...paper shortage)
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To: familyop

Pretty much a metaphor for the whole of Muslem society...


22 posted on 03/28/2007 5:31:38 AM PDT by mikeus_maximus (Liberals want the US to fail so the world can become a utopia.)
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To: familyop

KAOS had the nude bomb .....
The Palies got the turd bomb.


23 posted on 03/28/2007 5:32:49 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (Democrats in Republican Clothing ... DIRC ... They are the knives in the back of the GOP.)
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To: Safetgiver
What do they expect when their last technological breakthrough was putting a handle on a shovel?

You racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic pig! It was NOT!! Their greatest invention was the juvenile bomb vest for ages 4 and up. Take that!

24 posted on 03/28/2007 5:33:00 AM PDT by libstripper (AS)
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To: familyop

Mohammed's second coming.


25 posted on 03/28/2007 5:33:58 AM PDT by Buck W. (If you push something hard enough, it will fall over.)
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To: Thinkin' Gal

Probably, most of the mooselimbs live in such conditions every day...


26 posted on 03/28/2007 5:34:11 AM PDT by chadwimc
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To: familyop

Prayer bump


27 posted on 03/28/2007 5:34:59 AM PDT by Tribune7 (A bleeding heart does nothing but ruin the carpet)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

"Sounds like a real sh*tstorm."

Another FReeper dubbed it a poo-nami.


28 posted on 03/28/2007 5:36:37 AM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: Farmer Dean

It would have been pointless for AP to report that 5 able-bodied men were killed by sewage and blame it on Israel. I'm very surprised that they didn't throw in some floppy-eared bunnies and puppies ripped from their mothers' teats by the torrent.


29 posted on 03/28/2007 5:39:43 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (Hajjis HATE the waterboard! It can turn a clam into a canary so fast Harry Potter would be jealous.)
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To: familyop

Where's a Rachel Corrie when ya need one, eh?


30 posted on 03/28/2007 5:41:12 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Never let it be said that there are things we would never let be said.)
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To: familyop
Victim a 'five-count' now. . .not that we will ever know the truth of the matter here. Was this even reported by MSM/network>?

Leadership matters as does the philosohy that guides it. . .perhaps, 'nature' in their faces, nostrils. ..et al; there might come a change of heart. If for even a few. . .

31 posted on 03/28/2007 5:43:05 AM PDT by cricket
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To: familyop

And you thought "let them drown in their own s#&t" was just a figure of speech.


32 posted on 03/28/2007 5:46:28 AM PDT by Alouette (Learned Mother of Zion)
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To: familyop
Reminds me of a story.

A Palestinian leader woke up one morning to discover that his skin color had gone dead white from a point just above his eyebrows to the top of his head. He tried doing everything to fix the problem -- first by himself then consulting with Palestinian doctors, next leaving to Saudi Arabia and having doctors there examine him. Without result. Finally he sees Muslim, Christian, and even Christian doctors in Europe, both Americas, and India. No joy.

Finally another Palestinian leader quietly takes him aside, and recommends a Jewish doctor. Desperate, the Palestinian leader disguises himself and goes to the Jewish doctor.

No sooner does the doctor see the Palestinian leader than he starts beaming. "This is simple. I'll have you fixed up in a few minutes." The doctor departs the room, and soon returns with a quart beaker filled with a thick brown liquid. It stinks.

The Palestinian leader looks at it and sniffs suspiciously. "This smells like excrement. What is it?"

"Just drink it," says the Jewish doctor. "It will fix you. If it doesn't bomb my office, bomb my home."

The Palestinian leader thinks -- he is right, I can. So he downs the contents of the beaker -- which tastes every bit as foul as it looks. The doctor holds up a mirror. The Palestinian's head has returned to its normal color.

"That's marvelous," says the Palestinian leader.

"It was nothing," say the doctor." You were just a quart low."
33 posted on 03/28/2007 5:46:51 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: mikeus_maximus
Pretty much a metaphor for the whole of Muslem society...

And I thought it was the Pali suicide bomber than got mugged by two other Palis on his way to a bombing, yelling ensued, and he self-detonated giving all three Fast-pass tickets to hell.

34 posted on 03/28/2007 5:56:00 AM PDT by SampleMan (Islamic tolerance is practiced by killing you last.)
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To: No Truce With Kings

Good one! I heard it told about Arafat.


35 posted on 03/28/2007 5:57:38 AM PDT by Alouette (Learned Mother of Zion)
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To: fortheDeclaration

For some reason I think of Bob Saget, in Dumb and Dumberer, when he found the mess in his bathroom.


36 posted on 03/28/2007 5:58:22 AM PDT by mutantcoil
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To: Izzy Dunne
Sounds like New Orleans and levees that were never repaired.
37 posted on 03/28/2007 6:00:01 AM PDT by dblshot
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To: libstripper

Stole it from the Tamil Tigers. As far as age, they can't count any higher than five, so....


38 posted on 03/28/2007 6:00:27 AM PDT by Safetgiver (Stinko De mayo, Stinko to the Commies.)
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To: Buck W.

I think we're all cruisin'for a fatwah here.


39 posted on 03/28/2007 6:01:46 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
Yesterday's report on this said that the money for fixing it had long been there, they were just waiting for the violence to die down.

They prolly copied that protocol from New Orleans.

40 posted on 03/28/2007 7:28:04 AM PDT by upchuck (A living, breathing example of the Peter Principle. Oh, forgetful, too :)
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To: crap
Sew-nami

41 posted on 03/28/2007 7:32:37 AM PDT by beeber (stuned)
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To: familyop

How long before blame is laid on the Jews?


42 posted on 03/28/2007 7:35:05 AM PDT by ariamne (Proud shieldmaiden of the infidel--never forget, never forgive 9/11)
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To: familyop

LOL
More than 200 homes were destroyed...


More like tarpaper shacks, given the photos of the affected area.

I had to read the release twice to make sure Scrappleface wasn't the source.


43 posted on 03/28/2007 9:33:16 AM PDT by ASOC (Yeah, well, maybe - but can you *prove* it?)
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To: ASOC

Damages could easily run to 20 dollars American.


44 posted on 03/28/2007 9:44:12 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
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To: dblshot

Weren't there buses to get them folks out of the hurricane/tusami zone?

Where was the mayor? Nearest high-rise hotel?

Why couldn't FEMA get there and pull them fellas out in time?

Were the levees active and working?

Didn't they have a super-dome or something to stand around in and wait for the national PLO guard to come for them?

Will there be trailers brought in for these folks to sleep in while the mess is cleaned up?

Will folks move out of the Gaza Strip and resettle somewhere else permanently...thus triggering a low-population density situation?

Can Mardi Gras be held next year in the Gaza Strip on time?

Was the 9nd Ward of the Gaza affected by this?

Are there any people staying around their homes with weapons drawn illegally?

Did 30 percent of the police force of the Gaza turn out to be non-exsitent?

Did folks rob homes and such while the rescue was underway?

Can we set up tent citys and trailer parks to help them folks?

Finally...is there a Hamas-type George Bush that can bring in promises of $100 billion and help rebuild the area?


45 posted on 03/28/2007 9:51:22 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Farmer Dean
We like to poke fun at stuff like this, and it does have elements of potty humor.

But these people were living in poverty so mind-numbing that the average American cannot conceive of it.


Travel the world and you become so much more greatful to live in a swell place like the USofA.
46 posted on 03/28/2007 10:15:01 AM PDT by ASOC (Yeah, well, maybe - but can you *prove* it?)
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To: Farmer Dean
We like to poke fun at stuff like this, and it does have elements of potty humor.

But these people were living in poverty so mind-numbing that the average American cannot conceive of it.


Travel the world and you become so much more grateful to live in a swell place like the USofA.
47 posted on 03/28/2007 10:15:17 AM PDT by ASOC (Yeah, well, maybe - but can you *prove* it?)
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To: pepsionice

"Finally...is there a Hamas-type George Bush that can bring in promises of $100 billion and help rebuild the area?"

More likely our George Busch will promise $100MMM of our money.



48 posted on 03/28/2007 10:38:57 AM PDT by dblshot
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To: familyop; Izzy Dunne
"...A huge sewage reservoir in the northern Gaza Strip collapsed Tuesday, killing five people in a frothing cascade of waste and mud that swamped a village and highlighted the desperate need to upgrade Gaza's overburdened infrastructure..."

I wonder if this is how the pali-maroons accidentally bump into reality, and if it happens all the time?

Even common sense dictates that if you live downstream from a HUGE SEWAGE RESERVOIR, you either move away, or get-your-ass up there and check for cracks!! .................. FRegards

49 posted on 03/28/2007 11:19:01 AM PDT by gonzo (I'm not confused anymore. Now I'm sure we have to completely destroy Islam, and FAST!!)
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To: Thinkin' Gal
Did they have to say frothing? Ewwww....
50 posted on 03/28/2007 12:29:18 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (Ah don't feeeeel no ways taihrd.)
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