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UNRWA Schools Shut in Lebanon’s AlRashidiya Camp over Water Contamination

Published : 13-09-2019

UNRWA Schools Shut in Lebanon’s AlRashidiya Camp over Water Contamination

UNRWA announced its decision to close its schools in Rashidieh camp for Palestinian refugees in Southern Lebanon for three days, starting September 11.

The UN refugee agency opted for the decision after reports of water contamination have emerged. Lab tests on water samples that feed school tanks have  shown significant levels of bacteria.

UNRWA announced its intent to replace all water tanks, disinfect water lines, and remove contaminants and undesirable components from water.

UNRWA also said laboratory tests are being carried out at the American University in Beirut to verify the alleged transmission of hepatitis A virus through consumption of contaminated water.

Over recent days, UNRWA has warned of the outburst of hepatitis (liver inflammation) in AlRashidiya Camp and called on the refugees to follow prevention tips.

UNRWA’s Health Department spotted a number of hepatitis-stricken cases in AlRashidiya refugee camp.

UNRWA said it has been keeping tabs on such cases and taking all necessary measures to protect the refugees. The agency has also embarked on an awareness-raising campaign.

Located south of the Lebanese city of Sur (Tyre), AlRashidiya Camp is home to some 260 displaced Palestinian families who fled the bloody shootouts in Syria.

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9087

UNRWA announced its decision to close its schools in Rashidieh camp for Palestinian refugees in Southern Lebanon for three days, starting September 11.

The UN refugee agency opted for the decision after reports of water contamination have emerged. Lab tests on water samples that feed school tanks have  shown significant levels of bacteria.

UNRWA announced its intent to replace all water tanks, disinfect water lines, and remove contaminants and undesirable components from water.

UNRWA also said laboratory tests are being carried out at the American University in Beirut to verify the alleged transmission of hepatitis A virus through consumption of contaminated water.

Over recent days, UNRWA has warned of the outburst of hepatitis (liver inflammation) in AlRashidiya Camp and called on the refugees to follow prevention tips.

UNRWA’s Health Department spotted a number of hepatitis-stricken cases in AlRashidiya refugee camp.

UNRWA said it has been keeping tabs on such cases and taking all necessary measures to protect the refugees. The agency has also embarked on an awareness-raising campaign.

Located south of the Lebanese city of Sur (Tyre), AlRashidiya Camp is home to some 260 displaced Palestinian families who fled the bloody shootouts in Syria.

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9087