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07 Jan 1998 description

The relief operation ended on 1 November, although at the year's end occasional relief parcels were still being distributed to some of the worst-off. The operation assisted nearly 80,000 people instead of the 60,000 originally foreseen in the appeal and lasted longer than planned because of continuing needs. Assistance comprised monthly food parcels, shelter and household items.
appeal no. 07/97

21 Apr 1997 description

Ardebil, april 22, irna

An earthquake measuring 4.1 degrees on the open ended richter scale shook the cities of Ardebil and neer in this northwestern province at 22:34 hours local time sunday.

The seismological base of Tabriz, in northwestern province of east Azarbaijan, registered the epicenter of the quake 30 km west of ardebil.

No report has yet been received on possible loss of life or damage to property.

19 Mar 1997 description

Ref: DHAGVA - 97/0117
IRAN - EARTHQUAKE ARDEBIL
DHA-GENEVA SITUATION REPORT NO. 5

11 Mar 1997 description

Harsh climatic conditions worsen earthquake victims situation

05 Mar 1997 description

Iran has asked the international community for humanitarian aid, in the wake of last week's earthquake in the north-western region of Ardebil.

Megan Goldin reports Iran last asked international donors for assistance seven years ago, after another serious quake:

Iran has asked the international community to assist in relief efforts for the survivors of last Friday's devastating earthquake, which has left almost a thousand people dead.

04 Mar 1997 description
report American Red Cross

WASHINGTON, March 4, 1997 - The catastrophic earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale that struck the
northwestern province of Ardebil in Iran, has left 965 people dead and 2,600 injured. More than 100 villages have been
damaged, of which 83 have been completely destroyed. More than 1,000 people are receiving medical treatment in hospitals and clinics located in Namin, Sarab, and Sarien.
Iranian Red Crescent quickly mobilized some 2,000 relief workers from the Ardebil branch as well as from neighboring

04 Mar 1997 description

Government of Iran appeals for international assistance

04 Mar 1997 description

An earthquake which hit northwest Iran on Friday night has killed close to one-thousand people.

Iranian authorities put the death toll at 965, with the figure expected to rise as rescue-workers uncover more bodies in outlying areas.

The Iranian state-run news agency IRNA says the earthquake in the province of Ardabil, which measured 5-point-5 on the Richter scale, injured another 2-thousand-500 people.

03 Mar 1997 description
  1. An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 hit the Sarab and Meshkin region of Ardebil province, 420 km northwest of Tehran, at 13.01 GMT on 28 February 1997. On Sunday 2 March at 18.40 GMT another earthquake of lesser magnitude hit the same area. Ardebil province has a population of more than one million people living in 2,000 villages. Present weather conditions: temperatures down to minus 10 degrees Celsius and snow of up to 1.5 Metres.
02 Mar 1997 description

An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale struck the north-western province of Ardebil in Iran on Friday, 28 February. Reports reaching the capital Tehran indicate that as of today some 500 people have died with 2,000 injured. More than 100 villages have been damaged, of which 83 have been completely destroyed. More than 1,000 people are under medical treatment in hospitals and clinics located in Namin, Sarab, and Sarein.

02 Mar 1997 description

4:47 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (Reuter) - Two aftershocks Sunday damaged property and caused panic among survivors of an earthquake that killed 554 people and made more than 35,000 homeless in mountainous northwest Iran, the official news agency IRNA said.

The aftershocks struck in the afternoon and measured about four on the Richter scale, weaker than the 5.5-Richter quake that devastated dozens of snow- and ice-bound villages around the provincial capital of Ardabil Friday, IRNA said.

02 Mar 1997 description

10:30 AM EST

TEHRAN (Reuter) - Iranian relief teams battling freezing temperatures set up temporary shelters Sunday for over 35,000 people left homeless by an earthquake that killed 554 people in the country's mountainous northwest.

The official Iranian news agency IRNA quoted Deputy Interior Minister Rasoul Zargar, who heads the relief operation, as saying the death toll climbed to 554 Sunday morning.