Eye on Gaza Report Summarizes Current Status of Reconstruction Interventions

GAZA, July 23, 2015 (WAFA) – The National Office for Gaza Reconstruction (NORG) submitted a report titled ‘Eye on Gaza Reconstruction’ to the Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on July 20, 2015, which summarizes the current situation in the Gaza Strip and the status of reconstruction interventions.

According to the summary report, available below, and under the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM), 95,143 requests for purchasing construction materials were logged by owners of damaged homes into the computerized system set up under the GRM.

A total of 274 project requests were also logged into the system. The amount of cement that has entered Gaza in accordance with the GRM has exceeded 102 thousand tons, more than 100 thousand tons of which have actually been sold.

The Israeli aggression on Gaza has left a total of 169,776 destroyed homes that belong to refugees and non-refugees said the office in their report. Around 6,444 homes became uninhabitable while another 144,223 were lightly destroyed. 6,445 homes were severely destroyed during the aggression.

The report stated that around 91,128 families have benefited from various interventions carried out by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, UNDP and UNRWA.

The interventions included temporary housing, rent assistance and cash assistance to owners of uninhabitable, severely-damaged and lightly-damaged homes.  Meanwhile, about 78,000 families received assistance to rebuild their partially-damaged homes.

Funding was made available for the reconstruction of approximately 3,200 totally-damaged housing units, while funding for reconstruction of an additional 3,600 totally-damaged housing units is expected to be made available by the end of the year 2015.

As for electricity, a completion rate of approximately 95% is reported with regard to rehabilitating electricity networks and connecting power to Gaza citizens, while the water emergency phase interventions have been completed within six months. The report added that interventions beyond the emergency phase are being carried out at the moment.

The summary report stated that nearly 3,200 economic facilities, comprising 62% of economic facilities damaged or harmed during the war, have been compensated.