Iran - Earthquake OCHA Situation Report No. 13

Situation Report
Originally published

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2004/0005
OCHA Situation Report No. 13
Iran - Earthquake

UN Flash Appeal launched in Bam today (full text: see

1. Today, 8 January 2004, a Flash Appeal for the most immediate needs of the victims of the earthquake in Iran was launched in Bam by the Iranian national authorities and the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator. At the same occasion, the IFRC issued its revised appeal.

2. The purpose of this Flash Appeal is to address the relief, recovery and immediate rehabilitation requirements in the Bam region for the next 90 days. It will help facilitate a smoother transition from the initial relief phase to the eventual reconstruction and development of the Bam region.

3. In addition to accommodating the most immediate needs, the projects outlined in this Appeal will help accelerate the planning and implementation of reconstruction activities to ensure the rapid and sustainable recovery of the region. A critical element in this effort will be the restoration of the cultural heritage of Bam and the identification of effective measures to reduce the impact of future earthquakes.

4. This Flash Appeal was prepared by the UN Disaster Management Team (UNDMT) under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC), assisted by OCHA. The Government of Iran, the Iranian Red Crescent Society, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and other international organizations were fully consulted.

5. The total amount requested in this Flash Appeal is US$ 31.3 million. The appealing organizations include FAO, OCHA, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP and WHO. Below are the amounts requested by sector:

Amount (US$)
Food and Logistics
Water and Sanitation
Health and Nutrition
Protection of Children and Women
Cultural Heritage
Economic Recovery, Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Reconstruction
Coordination and Security

How to donate to the Flash Appeal

6. To respond to this Flash Appeal, donors can make their contributions directly to the UN agencies concerned or to the Government of Iran as part of their on-going bilateral cooperation. OCHA is prepared to serve as a channel for unearmarked contributions towards relief and initial rehabilitation activities of this Flash Appeal. The unearmarked contributions will be allocated in consultation with the UNRC and the relevant UN agencies according to agreed priorities.

7. With regards to funds channeled through the UN System, appropriate UN agencies will be accountable for planning, monitoring, coordinating and reporting on the progress to their respective donors. A summary report on the results of the appealed activities will be prepared by the UNDMT under the guidance of the UNRC. The entire inter-agency relief and initial rehabilitation activities will be formally reviewed through the joint efforts of the UNDMT, OCHA and the Government of Iran at the end of the proposed 3 months.

8. To donate through OCHA, please find below banking details. For contributions in Swiss Francs and UK Pounds, please contact the desk officers indicated below. Reference should be made "for OCHA/Iran Earthquake". OCHA provides donors with written confirmation and pertinent details concerning the use of the funds contributed.

In US dollars
In Euros
In any other currency (except Swiss Francs and UK Pounds)
Bank name JPMorgan Chase Bank JPMorgan Chase Bank UBS AG
Bank address 1166, Ave. of the Americas, 17th floor, NEW YORK, N.Y. 10036-2708, U. S. A. 125 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5AJ, United Kingdom Rue des Noirettes, 35 - CH 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
Account name UN Geneva General Fund United Nations Office in Geneva UN Geneva General Fund
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9. OCHA is in close contact with the Iranian authorities and the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Tehran, and will revert with further information as it becomes available.

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

Telephone: +41-22-917 12 34
Fax: +41-22-917 00 23

In case of emergency only: Tel. +41-22-917 20 10

Desk Officers:
Mr. Rudolf Mueller/ Mr. Soichi Nakajima
Direct Tel. +41-22-917 3131/ 40 34

Press contact:
(in GVA) - Ms. Elizabeth Brys, direct Tel. +41-22-917 2653
(in N.Y.) - Ms. Stephanie Bunker, direct Tel. +1-917-367 5126

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