UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that one million internally displaced people in Gaza are enduring “increasingly dire conditions” due to critical resource shortages as of Thursday.
The office reported that Gaza has been without power for the ninth consecutive day, that food and water supplies are dwindling, and that hospitals are on the verge of collapsing.
“Municipal groundwater production has decreased by less than five percent since the height of the most recent crisis.” According to the OCHA, fuel shortages, road damage, and insecurity have halted water transportation operations in most regions.
As a result of the “minimal water supply, which increases the risk of dehydration and causes people to drink unfit water,” nutritional health is deteriorating, according to the OCHA.
Additionally, the office emphasized that retail supplies of essential food items will only last “a few more days.”
Daily food and financial aid have been provided by the World Food Programme (WFP) to a total of 522,000 Palestinians since the onset of the crisis, according to OCHA.