OFID supports emergency relief efforts for earthquake victims in Iran

from OPEC Fund for International Development
Published on 20 Nov 2017

November 20, 2017, Vienna, Austria. The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved an emergency assistance grant to support disaster relief operations for earthquake victims in IR Iran. The grant will be channeled through the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS).

After an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 (according to European-Mediterranean Seismological Center) hit the western part of Iran along the border with Iraq, hundreds of people were killed and nearly 8,000 injured. Thousands of homes and social infrastructure have been damaged or destroyed. More than 400 aftershocks have been registered in the hardest-hit city of Kermanshah and more are likely to occur.

Following the quake, the IRCS deployed emergency response teams to the affected cities and are continuing to provide relief and rescue services. Emergency shelters and taskforces have been set up in Kermanshah, as well as in other cities and villages to support operations and distribute food parcels and health kits.

The IRCS is securing donations for providing the most urgently-needed items such as winter-resistant tents, blankets, warm clothing, hygiene sets, ground sheets, tarpaulins and heating equipment. OFID’s US$400,000 grant will help support these operations.

OFID’s relationship with the IRCS dates back to 2003, having extended two grants totaling nearly US$1 million to help bolster relief operations after earthquakes struck the country.