Iran/Iraq: Earthquake - Nov 2017
The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Kermanshah Province, western Iran, on [12 October 2017], has so far claimed at least 407 lives and injured over 6,700 others. The epicenter of the quake was registered at 34.86 degrees latitude and 45.9 degrees longitude, at the depth of 11km, a shallow depth that can cause tremendous damage, in Ozgoleh region in Kermanshah Province. The huge jolt, which rocked western provinces of Iran and areas in the eastern Iraq, was also felt as far as Persian Gulf states Qatar and Kuwait in the south, the Occupied Palestine in the west, and Turkey in the north of the quake-stricken Iran and Iraq. It caused the biggest damage in Kermanshah, Qasr-e Shirin and Sarpol-e Zahab (about 15km from the Iraqi border) cities. (IRNA, 13 Nov 2017)
The deaths toll of the quake in the western part of Iran on Sunday Nov.12, 2017 remains the same as 436 with 7,817 injured. Sheltering emergency phase has been totally completed in affected cities and villages. So far, 664 aftershocks in Kermanshah have been registered, the biggest of which is 4.7 on the Richter scale. (Iranian Red Crescent, 19 Nov 2017)
As of 10 Dec, the Iranian Red Crescent Society has provided nearly 21,000 health, medical and rehabilitation services to the earthquake victims in the province of Kermanshah. These services, estimated at about 20,997 cases, include patient visits, medical emergencies, pregnancy services to pregnant women, physiotherapy and technical orthopedics. (Iranian Red Crescent, 10 Dec 2017)
On 12 November 2017 at 21:18 local time (18:18 UTC) northeast Iraq experienced an earthquake in the magnitude of approximately 7.2 – 7.5, according to European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). The epicenter of this earthquake is located 32kms from the city of Halabja...There have been six reported fatalities and over 500 people injured in Iraq as a result of the earthquake. According to reports, four fatalities and approximately 80 injuries have occurred in Darbandikhan, including two critical injuries. Initial reports suggest the Darbandikhan area has been most severely impacted...The Mosul Dam is reportedly undamaged. However, the Darbandikhan Dam, a multi-purpose embankment on the Diyala river, is being assessed for damage today by the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), as local sources report that the dam was impacted by the landslides that that pushed heavy rocks and rubble onto the dam’s spillway. (OCHA, 13 Nov 2017)
According to national authorities, close to 10,000 people were injured, including 550 in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), as a result of the earthquake. In KRI, all critical cases were referred to Sulaymaniyah hospital, which is functioning. Humanitarian partners immediately sent medical staff, material, tents, and ambulances to support local capacity onsite. A joint damage and needs assessment mission was conducted by humanitarian partners including UNHCR on the day after in order to inform provision of assistance to the most vulnerable families in Sulaymaniyah. The KRG reports that the situation is now stable. The government is providing food, shelter and medical assistance, with the support of humanitarian actors. Approximately 1,840,000 people live with within 100 kilometres of the epicentre in both Iraq and Iran. (UNHCR, 20 Nov 2017)
In Iraq, a total of 108 school buildings were damaged, six of them badly. UNICEF will deliver 52 temporary learning spaces to affected communities to support continuation of education for over 3,800 students while more comprehensive repairs commence. Immediate WASH needs in affected areas are being met by the government, with UNICEF and WASH partners on standby. (UNICEF, 30 Nov 2017)
This map illustrates satellite-detected, potentially damaged structures in Ghara Belagh Azam area located to the Northwest of Sarpol-e-Zahab, Kermanshah province, Iran at about 50km from the 12 November 2017, 7.3M Halabjah earthquake mainshock epicentre. UNITARUNOSAT identified 412 potentially damaged structures from a comparative analysis of a postevent Pleiades satellite image acquired on 16 November 2017 and a pre-event WorldView-3 satellite image acquired on 24 July 2017. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field.
- 987,648 IDPs in Ninewa (including as a result of the Mosul military operation)
- 109,398 IDPs currently displaced due to military operations in Hawiga (Kirkuk) and Shirqat (Salah al-Din)
- 67,134 IDPs currently displaced due to military operations in west Anbar
- 566,902 Individuals (119,175 households) currently enrolled in ASSIST, UNHCR’s assistance tracking tool
- 3 million IDPs since January 2014
- 262,758 Iraqi refugees hosted in countries in the region, with 29,965 Iraqis in camps in Hassakeh, Syria
November 20, 2017, Vienna, Austria. The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved an emergency assistance grant to support disaster relief operations for earthquake victims in IR Iran. The grant will be channeled through the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS).
This bulletin is for information only and reflects the current situation
The deaths toll of the quake happened in the western part of Iran on Sunday Nov.12, 2017 remains the same as 436 with 7,817 injured. Sheltering emergency phase has been totally completed in affected cities and villages.
So far, 664 aftershocks in Kermanshah has been registered, the biggest of which is 4.7 on the Richter scale.
Iranian Red Crescent action
Erbil, Iraq, 19 November 2017 – In the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border last Sunday evening, the office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Iraq scaled up its emergency intervention.
Following the recent 7.3 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter in Halabjah, northeastern part of Iraq close to the border with Iran on 12 November 2017. The earthquake caused massive damage to the province of Kermanshah in Iran with more than 500 lives were lost and thousands of injuries including damage to basic infrastructure and houses.
Islamabad; November 17, 2017:
On directives of the Prime Minister of Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has dispatched humanitarian relief assistance to the earthquake victim of Iran. A full load of C-130 plane carrying 12 tons of relief goods left to Tehran from Nur Khan Airbase on Friday afternoon. The shipment included 165 tents, 1050 blankets, 200 tarpaulin, 200 plastic mats, perishable items and other supplies. The relief consignment was handed over by NDMA team to Iranian officials at Tehran airport.
This map illustrates IDP camps in Qasr e-shirine, Kermanshah province, as detected using a Pleiades image acquired on 15 November 2017.
This map illustrates satellite-detected areas of IDP shelters in Sarpol-e-Zahab, Kermanshah,
Iran. Analyses conducted by UNITAR-UNOSAT and the Iranian Space Agency, using images acquired on 16 November and 14 November 2017 respectively, show a number of people gathering sites spread across the city. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR - UNOSAT.
As of 17 November, media reported that the death toll of 530 casualties caused by the strong earthquake (magnitude 7.3 M, depth 23 km) that hit Kermanshah Province in Iran on 12 November, remain unchanged (mainly in Kermanshah). In addition, as of the same date, media reported that the number of injured has mounted to 9 397, more than 12 000 buildings and have been damaged in eight cities and 526 villages were severely affected, mainly in Iran.
This bulletin is for information only and reflects the current situation.
The deaths toll of the recent earthquake in the western part of Iran on Sunday Nov.12, 2017 reached to 436 and left 7,817 injured. At least 15,000 residential units and 78 schools in 8 cities and 1,920 villages have been damaged.
The occurrence of 479 aftershocks in Kermanshah has been registered so far. The biggest aftershock registered is 4.1 Richter magnitudes.
Iranian Red Crescent action
Based on the assessment of health facilities in the city of Darbandikhan (Sulaymaniyah province) using satellite Pléiades image (15/11/2017), no visible damage after the 7.3M earthquake of 12 November 2017 has been detected. World Health Organization, HealthSites.io and Open Street Map provided health facility baseline data. Note, only "superficial" damage, on the roof of the facility, could be detected.
The city of Darbandikhan, in Sulaymaniyah province shows contained damage after the 7.3M earthquake of 12 November 2017. Two damaged buildings are visible as of 15 November 2017. The situation in Darbandikhan dam and Sirwan River as of 15 November 2017 is here reported.
The Iraqi Red Crescent Society(IRCS) has installed 330 tents equipped with relief and food items for the affected families due to the earthquake that struck the areas of Darbandikhan and Halapcha in Sulaymaniyah governorate.
The IRCS has reported in a statement that the IRCS teams have installed 330 tents in collaboration with Turkish Red Crescent in order to shelter more than 300 families in the areas of Darbandikhan and Halapcha, these tents are equipped with food parcels and relief rations.
16 November 2017, Cairo, Egypt - WHO has airlifted trauma kits and medical supplies to the Islamic Republic of Iran to support the treatment of thousands people injured as a result of the recent earthquake in the Islamic Republic of Iran-Iraq border region.
In the evening of Sunday 12 November 2017, the North-east of Iraq experienced an earthquake in the magnitude of approximately 7.2 – 7.5, according to European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). The epicentre of this earthquake is located 32 kilometres from the city of Halabja. According to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS), approximately 1,840,000 people live within 100km of the epicentre of this earthquake in both Iraq and Iran.