Kermanshah Earthquake - Iran: Operations Update 2

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The Situation

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit Kermanshah province, western part of Iran along the border with Iraq on Sunday November 12, 2017 at 21:48 pm local time, killing at least 569 people and injuring more than 9.000 in numerous districts of the province. In total, 427,266 people are affected in 8 districts of Kermanshah province. 30.000 residential units in rural areas and in the cities have been seriously damaged between 50 and 100 percent. So far, over 1000 aftershocks in Kermanshah has been registered, the biggest of which is 4.7 on the Richter scale, according to the Iranian Seismological Centre

Response of the Iranian Red Crescent

The Red Crescent Society of Iran has a strong presence in the quake affected areas of Kermanshah, with 569 operational relief and rescue teams, 2.848 emergency response teams and 418 operational vehicles.

The 15 task force of the IRCS with the support from 26 Red Crescent provincial branches are controlling and monitoring the operations as the National Society is continuously rendering its humanitarian services for the affected people.

3 relief helicopters of the Iranian Red Crescent are still on the scene transferring tons of humanitarian relief items and teams to the affected areas.

Relief (food and nonfood items)

Outcome 1: The immediate shelter and tent needs of the target population are met.

Output 1: Essential household items including food and non food items are provided to the target population.

So far, along with the emergency sheltering of the affected people, food and NFI items including 83.854 tents, 240,000 relief blankets, 665,000 canned food, 151 tons of rice, 42.414 heaters, 86.600 clothes, 56,000 sleeping mat (moquettes), 33,137 kitchen sets, 1.600.000 bottles of mineral water, 180 tons of nylons, 58,000 jerry cans, 146 tons of date, 10.400 kg of sugar, 24.000 edible oil and 4.600.000 loaves of bread have been distributed amongst the affected population in the earthquake-hit areas.

Health and Care

Outcome 2: The immediate and medium-term risks to the health of affected populations are reduced.

Output 2: Target population is provided with rapid medical services to assist the injured and prevent from epidemic diseases.

At the first hours of response phase the Iranian Red Crescent deployed 1 Rapid Deployment Hospitals from Hamedan province and 5 Basic Health Care Units from Hamedan, Lorestan, Kermanshah, Kurdestan and Markazi provincial branches to the affected areas.

5 BHCUs are still rendering medical services and treatment in favor of earthquake affected people in the cities and villages to support the Iranian Ministry of Health.

Restoring Family Links

Outcome 3: Contacts are re-established and maintained between family members separated by the earthquake in the affected areas.

Output 3: Vulnerable families and people separated from each other are registered and tracing services are provided to the affected.

Iranian Red Crescent's tracing unit is providing RFL services in the affected areas by the earthquake. The services furnish the family members with offers of the possibility to search through the list of missing persons and people who have responded that they are alive; register names of persons who wish to inform other that they are alive, with whom they have lost contact. The families can refer to Red Crescent operational centers in Qasre-Shirin, Sare-Pule-Zahab and Thalath-i-Babajani to receive the services.

International Assistance

The Iranian Red Crescent and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies jointly lunched operational plan for longer term relief and recovery phases which has been posted on the IFRC website.

  • WHO has airlifted 45 ton trauma kits, surgical and medical supplies to support the treatment of thousands people injured in the earthquake. The supplies were transported from WHO’s emergency logistical centre in Dubai to Kermanshah province on 16 November. They were delivered to hospitals and other health facilities receiving the injured.

  • Pakistani government donated 165 tents, 200 tarpaulins, 200 plastic ground sheets, 1000 blankets to assist the people in the affected areas.

  • ICRC Mission in Tehran donated 7.500 20-litre plastic foldable jerry cans, 19,000 ground sheets, 7.500 kitchen sets, and 10.000 hygiene kits.

Contact information

For further information specifically related to this operation, please contact:

Ms. Mansooreh Bagheri, Director General for International Ops and Programs; Iranian Red Crescent Society, Phone: +98 21 88201082; fax: +98 21 88201052; Email: