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Iran, Iraq – Earthquake Update (GDACS, OCHA, Copernicus EMS, Iranian Red Crescent, Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 17 November 2017)

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  • As of 17 November, media reported that the death toll of 530 casualties caused by the strong earthquake (magnitude 7.3 M, depth 23 km) that hit Kermanshah Province in Iran on 12 November, remain unchanged (mainly in Kermanshah). In addition, as of the same date, media reported that the number of injured has mounted to 9 397, more than 12 000 buildings and have been damaged in eight cities and 526 villages were severely affected, mainly in Iran.

  • Relief and rescue operations continue by the Iran National Red Crescent Society and the National Crisis Management Organization through the deployment of personnel (1 000 operational forces), supplies (aid and ambulances), emergency shelters for the affected people and the dispatch of food stuff.

  • Copernicus EMS Rapid Mapping was activated (EMSR256) for Iraq by ECHO-ERCC on 13 Nov 2017. As of 17 November, four reference maps and four grading maps have been produced.

  • Over the next 72 h no significant weather phenomena are forecast, with partly cloudy to cloudy conditions. Maximum temperatures reaching 19-21°C (warm hours) dropping locally to 9-11°C (during night and early morning hours).

  • From next 20 November to 24 November, rainy weather conditions are expected to prevail, together with a significant drop in minimum temperatures, from 23 November.

  • Bilateral assistance has been sent by Italy and Turkey. Italy has provided tents, blankets, kitchen kits, tanks and hygiene kit. Turkey has provided SAR personnel, Medical SAR personnel, Humanitarian Aid Personnel and Operational Personnel with vehicles, as well as tents, blankets, heaters, beds, food items and a kitchen trailer.