Iran: earthquake - Information bulletin

The situation

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the western part of Iran along the northern border with Iraq on Sunday 12 November 2017 at 21:48 hours, local time, killing at least 328 people and injuring more than 3,950 up to the publication of this information bulletin.

According to the official reports, Power is cut off in the cities of Qasre-Shirin, Gilane-Garb, Kermanshah, Sare-Pule-Zahab in Kermanshah and houses in some western Iranian villages have been severely damaged to various degrees. The quake also shook the Iranian provinces of Kurdistan, Ilam, Khuzestan, Markazi, West Azerbaijan, East Azerbaijan, Lorestan, Qazvin, Zanjan, Qom and Tehran.

Red Cross and Red Crescent action

Following the quake, the Relief and Rescue Organisation of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, as part of their first phase of its response operation, deployed 16 response teams, 31 sniffer dog teams, 41 debris removing teams, 48 emergency sheltering teams and 9 emergency treatment teams to the affected cities of Qasre-Shirin, Gilane-Garb, Kermanshah, Sare-Pule-Zahab, SalaseBabajani,
Dalahoo, Islamabad- E- Gharb, and Javanrood.

In addition, some 40 ambulances, 55 4WD vehicles, nine rescue vehicles, and five helicopters have been dispatched for assistance by the Relief and Rescue Organisation of the IRCS as of the first hours of the next morning.

The Red Crescent Relief and Rescue teams from Kurdistan and Markazi provincial branches continue to provide relief and rescue services in the city of Salase-Babajani, teams from Lorestan to Qasre-Shirin and teams from Hamedan to Sare-Pule-Zahab.

So far, rescue operation and assessment is being conducted on the ground and relief items including tents, ground sheets, blankets, kitchen sets, and food items such as canned food and rice are being distributed to the affected people.

As per the latest statistics, a total of 114 aftershocks have occurred so far in the different cities and villages of north western Iran.

IRCS teams are currently assessing the situation and will communicate accordingly the initial needs and response.