Damascus Water Shortage Creates More Risks for Palestine Refugees

26 January 2017

Since December 22 Damascus has been faced with crippling water shortages affecting some 5.5 million people. UNRWA estimates about 80 per cent of the Palestine refugees in Syria residing in and around Damascus are among those affected. In response, the UNRWA Department of Health is closely monitoring for outbreaks of water-borne diseases and promoting preventive health awareness in the Agency’s health centres and collective shelters housing displaced refugees. UNRWA is also deploying a water tanker every day to its health centres, installations and the collective shelters it manages.