Corrigendum - Islamic Republic of Iran: Earthquake OCHA Situation Report No. 3

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2006/0051

OCHA Situation Report No. 3
Islamic Republic of Iran - Earthquake
Occurred on 30-31 March

This report is based on information provided by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Liaison Office and the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran.


1. Following last week's earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks along a major fault line, Silakhor, affecting Lorestan province, the Government now confirms 63 deaths, 1,418 injured and some 160,000 persons affected. Although the number of deaths is relatively low, there is substantial damage to the infrastructure and a number of villages are completely destroyed.

2. According to the UN assessment mission, 320 villages are affected, with 35,000 to 40,000 homes partially or completely destroyed. In Boroujerd city, an additional 15,000 homes have suffered damage.

3. The UN Resident Coordinator, accompanied by senior Government officials from the National Disaster Task Force and OCHA, visited the affected region on 5 April. As a result of this joint mission, a decision was made to set up Resource and Information Centres to ensure information sharing and coordination among the agencies and Government partners.


4. The Government has stated that most of the emergency relief operations are coming to an end, and focus on longer-term rehabilitation and reconstruction should now be the priority. According to the Resident Coordinator's office, the Government welcomes further assistance from the United Nations and other partners for the reconstruction efforts. However, there is still a need for tents, blankets and space heaters.


5. UNICEF has distributed, through the Red Crescent Society, blankets and tents, giving priority to families with disabled children, child institutions and female-headed household. In cooperation with the national Social Welfare Organization, UNICEF and UNESCO plan to establish two centers providing education and psychosocial support, in the most affected areas (Azna and Darbe Astaneh villages). UNESCO will also conduct an assessment mission to Boroujerd on 9-10 April at the invitation of the Iran Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, investigating the damage to national heritage sites.

6. According to the Resident Coordinator, the UN agencies have contributed approximately USD 1 million towards relief and recovery efforts, either through cash or in-kind donations. The contributions include:

Contribution (USD)
120,000 (including relief supplies)
100,000 (cash from emergency response)/ another 600,000 available upon Government request
50,000 (in addition, Emergency Health Kits)
50,000 (provided through Government of the Netherlands - 30,000 and 20,000 from OCHA's reserve)
50,000 (for education)
Kitchen sets
Kitchen sets/logistical support

7. IFRC has allocated 500USD (provided by OPEC) for replenishment of International Red Cross Society stocks that has been used during the relief operations and Turkish Red Crescent has provided 105,300 USD for 190 group tents, which have been dispatched to the area.

8. On 3 April, the Government of Pakistan sent a planeload of relief items for the earthquake victims. The C-130 Pakistan Air Force delivered blankets, cooking oil and rice. The Russian Federation has delivered tents, blankets and space heaters totaling some USD 480,000. The Japanese Government has also provided tents, blankets and electric generators worth USD 85,000.

9. OCHA is in close contact with the UN Resident Coordinator and the OCHA Liaison Office in Tehran, and pending further developments this will be last situation report for this emergency.

10. This situation report, together with further information on other ongoing emergencies is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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