On 12 November 2017, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit Kermanshah province of Western Iran, along the border with Iraq. More than 569 people are reported dead and 9,000 people are injured. Over 427,000 people are affected with numerous houses are damaged. Almost a thousand of aftershocks in the following weeks made the relief operation difficult and the emergency relief phase is expected to last for months until 2018.
Red Cross Actions
According to needs assessment, the International Red Cross has launched an emergency and recovery plan appealing for HKD 187.5 million. The plan aims to provide support to both disaster relief and recovery activities in Kermanshah province of Iran. To date, the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has already provided health, medical and rehabilitation services to nearly 21,000 people and distributed 130 tons of humanitarian relief items, including tents, clothes, blankets, food, bottle water, hygiene kits, heaters and kitchen sets.
Hong Kong Red Cross Actions
Hong Kong Red Cross has mobilized HK$23,855 to support the relief and recovery effort in Iran via the International Red Cross.
HKRC offers emergency tracing service to people in Hong Kong looking for missing family members due to earthquake. For details, please click here.
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