Gazans hope Palestinian reconciliation will end water, power crisis

Palestinian factions took an important step toward reconciliation this week, as the Palestinian national unity government started to take over the administration of the Gaza Strip from the Hamas movement. But there is still some way to go before the economy recovers and livelihood improves in the coastal enclave. The local economy and people’s livelihood in Gaza have long been deteriorating due to the years of blockade by Israel.
 
Data shows some 110 million liters of domestic and industrial wastewater is released into the Mediterranean Sea every day and three-fourths of the land and water have been contaminated in the coastal area. Water shortage is a result of the pollution. Local residents have to carry their buckets to the water station every morning for desalinated sea water.
Yet, according to statistics from the United Nations, 90 percent of such water is not safe for drinking.
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