Heavy rains cause flooding, strain power supplies in Gaza

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Palestinian rescue services use a floating device to try to salvage chickens from their flooded chicken farms in the town of Rafah , southern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday placing further strain on run-down infrastructure and power supplies in the blockaded Palestinian territory. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
Dead chickens are seen after a chicken farm flooded in the town of Rafah , southern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday placing further strain on run-down infrastructure and power supplies in the blockaded Palestinian territory. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian workers wade through water to try and salvage chickens from their flooded chicken farms in the town of Rafah , southern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday placing further strain on run-down infrastructure and power supplies in the blockaded Palestinian territory. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian family covers the roof of their zinc sheet house with nylon to stop the water leaking into it during a rainstorm in the Bedouin village, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday placing further strain on run-down infrastructure and power supplies in the blockaded Palestinian territory. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian barefoot children run between zinc sheet houses during a rainstorm in the Bedouin village, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday placing further strain on run-down infrastructure and power supplies in the blockaded Palestinian territory. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian girl looks through the entrance of her family zinc sheet house in the Bedouin village, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday placing further strain on run-down infrastructure and power supplies in the blockaded Palestinian territory. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian barefoot girl runs between zinc sheet houses during a cold rainstorm in the Bedouin village, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday placing further strain on run-down infrastructure and power supplies in the blockaded Palestinian territory. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian children sleep in the bedroom of their family zinc sheet house during a rainstorm in the Bedouin village, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday placing further strain on run-down infrastructure and power supplies in the blockaded Palestinian territory. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian worker swims while trying to salvage chickens from a flooded chicken farm in the town of Rafah , southern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday placing further strain on run-down infrastructure and power supplies in the blockaded Palestinian territory. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian workers wade through water to try and salvage chickens from their flooded chicken farm in the town of Rafah , southern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday placing further strain on run-down infrastructure and power supplies in the blockaded Palestinian territory. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian barefoot children laugh for a photograph while playing during a rainstorm in the Bedouin village, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday placing further strain on run-down infrastructure and power supplies in the blockaded Palestinian territory. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian man walks out of his zinc sheet house as clothes hang on a tree during a rainstorm in the Bedouin village, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday placing further strain on run-down infrastructure and power supplies in the blockaded Palestinian territory. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian man holds his son while walking in the rain between zinc sheet houses in the Bedouin village, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday placing further strain on run-down infrastructure and power supplies in the blockaded Palestinian territory. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian girl runs in muddy street in Gaza City, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Seagulls fly during a rainstorm over the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Heavy rains have caused widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip, placing further strain on run-down infrastructure and power supplies in the blockaded Palestinian territory. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian man smokes while walking on the main beach road, following a rainstorm, on the coast of Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Heavy rains have caused widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip, placing further strain on run-down infrastructure and power supplies in the blockaded Palestinian territory. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinian children play in a motorcycle cart in front of their family temporary housing units following a rainstorm in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, placing further strain on run-down infrastructure and power supplies in the blockaded Palestinian territory.

Rescue services used paddle boards to evacuate residents from a dozen flooded homes. Pools formed on main roads due to the poor drainage network.

Some 1.8 million people live in the coastal enclave, which is controlled by the Islamic militant group Hamas.

Hamas said dozens of chickens had died in Gaza farms. At one chicken coop, workers waded through waist-high water to retrieve dead birds and eggs.

Frequent power cuts and gas shortages have worsened due to the inclement weather, and some residents are burning wood to keep warm.

Mahmoud al-Shawa of the gas distributors' union says not enough gas is entering the territory.

Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on Gaza when Hamas seized the territory from the Western-backed Palestinian Authority in 2007.

Homes Evacuated as Flooding Hits Rafah in South Gaza Strip

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