Iran/Iraq: Earthquake - Nov 2017Ongoing
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)
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)
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ERBIL, Iraq – In the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border on 12 November, UNFPA has scaled up its emergency response to meet the needs of women and girls.
The 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between Iraq and the Islamic Republic of Iran, 30 km southwest of Halabja in Iraq. According to an interagency assessment mission to Sulaymaniyah, the earthquake left eight people dead and more than 500 injured. Hundreds of families were displaced.
(Tehran, 23 November 2017): Yesterday, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) Mark Lowcock concluded a two-day visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran, where he met with senior officials to discuss regional and global humanitarian crises, and also conveyed his condolences to the Government and Iranian people for the loss of life caused by the devastating earthquake that hit Kermanshah on 12 November.
KUWAIT, Nov 20 (KUNA) -- Kuwait Red Crescent (KRC), in cooperation with Iraqi Red Crescent (IRC), started Monday distributing humanitarian supplies to people in Iraq's Halabja and Sulaiymaniah governorates who suffered from a deadly earthquake recently.
"KRC have been following latest updates related to the earthquake which hit both Iraq and Iran on November 12 and resulted in huge loses in human lives and infrastructure", said Chairman of Kuwait Red Crescent Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer.
This map illustrates potentially damaged structures/buildings and related density in Sarpole-Zahab,
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, Nov 18, IRNA -- Pakistan Air Force C-130 plane carrying relief assistance for the affectees of the deadly earthquake that struck western Iran on November 12 landed at Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran.
Pakistani ambassador to Iran Asif Ali Khan Durrani along with the staff of Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran received the aid. This is the first consignment of aid by any country to Iran, Pakistani officials said.
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