IFRC and Iranian Red Crescent announce major expansion of support to earthquake survivors

Tehran, 29 November 2017 – A major plan announced today will dramatically expand support to survivors of the 12 November earthquake that claimed 444 lives and injured more than 9,000 people in north-west Iran.

The joint operational plan between the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) targets 200,000 people worst-affected by the magnitude 7.3 earthquake, which struck Kermanshah province, near the border with Iraq.

“This plan builds on the tremendous initial response of Red Crescent volunteers and staff, who were instrumental in the critical hours and days following the earthquake,” said Elhadj As Sy, the Secretary General of IFRC who is in Tehran.

“However, the impact of this disaster has been significant, and there is a clear need for additional support, including from the international community. We hope that this call will be answered.”

IFRC and IRCS are seeking 23.5 million Swiss francs for an operation that is expected to last through December 2018. It will primarily focus on helping people recover, including support to rebuild shelters and livelihoods, as well as efforts to rehabilitate water and sanitation services. The plan is also designed to strengthen IRCS capacity to respond to future earthquakes and other disasters.

Since the earthquake, IRCS has provided 130 tons of humanitarian relief items to affected people. It has also deployed a Rapid Deployment Hospital and five Basic Health Care Units which, together, have provided medical services to over 12,000 people.

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