By Achim Steiner
This file and its findings are according to box paintings through a staff of overseas specialists deployed by way of UNEP following its Governing Council's choice 25/12 in February 2009, soliciting for UNEP to evaluate the environmental harm and perform an monetary overview of the rehabilitation and recovery of our environment within the Gaza Strip following the escalation of hostilities in December 2008 and past due January 2009.
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Additional info for Environmental Assessment of the Gaza Strip Following the Escalation of Hostilities in December 2008-January 2009
In healthcare centres during crises like the one that occurred in the Gaza Strip. Also according to the WHO,11 there are some 2,100 hospital beds in the Gaza Strip which would be expected to have generated some 60 tonnes of 54 waste during the 22 days of the conflict. This would include approximately 48 tonnes of municipal solid waste, 10 tonnes of infectious/pathogenic waste and 2 tonnes of hazardous waste made up of blood, body fluids, etc. As noted above, incinerators did not function during the hostilities, and HHCW could not be transported even to regular landfills, as municipal collection services had collapsed.
5 litres/ second (~40 m³/day or 15,000 m³ per annum) from an opening in the trickling tower onto an adjacent waste pile. From the crusts underneath the other openings it could be concluded that water occasionally flowed from these openings as well, raising the observed flow rate even higher. The water accumulated in a puddle on the waste deposited south of the towers, and percolated through it, contaminating the soil and groundwater beneath. It was not possible to observe lateral outflows of landfill leachate, and no samples of this kind were therefore taken.
Landfill leachate leaking from Rafah landfill Rafah landfill site (Site no. 25) The Rafah landfill is situated in the southeast of the Gaza Strip, approximately 5 km northeast of the former Gaza Airport and 800 metres from the Israeli border wall. 3 hectares or 33 dunums). The waste is not compacted and reaches a height of approximately 15-20 m above ground level. The landfill does not have a base lining, leachate control, or landfill gas collection systems. The nearest inhabited house is approximately 20 metres away, and larger settlements lie at a distance of about 800-1,500 metres.