ACAPS Briefing Note – Iran – Kermanshah Earthquake, 14 November 2017

from Assessment Capacities Project
Published on 14 Nov 2017

On the evening of 12 November, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in Kermanshah province with widespread damage reported across the province. Sar pol-e Zahab and Qasr-e Shirin are reported hardest hit. Early estimates indicate that over 400 lives have been lost and over 6,600 people were injured. Reports indicate that an estimated 70,000 people are in need of emergency shelter.

Anticipated scope and scale

The scale of the earthquake is widespread across the Kermanshah province. There are no current damage estimates but the number of structures destroyed or damaged is expected to be high. Those currently in need of emergency shelter will likely require emergency shelter for a prolonged period of time as repairs and reconstruction take place. The mountainous topography will limit access. Road networks were damaged by landslides triggered by the quake and aftershocks will prolong the response and recovery. Shelter, WASH and health needs can be expected to remain significant in the medium term with shelter being the predominant longterm need.

Key priorities

  • 70,000 people In need of emergency shelter
  • 2 hospitals damaged
  • Drinking water cut off

Humanitarian constraints

The affected area of Kermanshah province is mountainous and the terrain is making response difficult. Landslides have blocked roads and the lack of power and water in some areas has hindered response efforts. 1 of which closed Supplies have been damaged and cut off to affected areas