More than 400 people are dead and thousands injured after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake reverberated from its epicenter in Ezgeleh, Iran, near the Iraq border, on Sunday night.
The earthquake was tracked about 135 miles north of Baghdad. Some of the worst damage was reported to be in the mountainous regions of Iran. Search efforts were underway for survivors Monday after many slept in the streets Sunday night during the ensuing aftershocks.
At least eight people were killed on the Iraq side of the border, with more than 500 hurt.
Uganda has received over 1 million South Sudanese refugees alone since July 2016, with over 80 percent being women and children. The surge of refugees is due to the recent spread of armed conflict throughout South Sudan, which shares a border with Uganda to the south.
When violence broke out in 2013, fighting was initially contained to specific regions. In July of 2016, this began to shift and conflict spread into new regions, displacing millions.
While Madagascar experiences outbreaks of the plague, also known as the Black Death, in rural regions nearly every year, the country is experiencing an unusually alarming outbreak affecting major urban centers, including the nation’s capital and its major port city of Toamasina. Direct Relief sent a shipment this week full of protective gear, IV fluids and other items requested by health professionals working to treat the disease and prevent its spread.
By Michael Snyder
On a scorching Wednesday afternoon, representatives from Direct Relief-partner organization Mexfam drove into the village of Santa María de Xadani in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca to deliver ten large tents to families that lost their homes in the series of earthquakes and aftershocks that began here on Sept. 7.
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, October 27, 2017 — Direct Relief today airlifted 152,604 lbs. of urgently needed medical resources to Puerto Rico, where medical shortages persist more than a month after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.