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Red Crescent Completes relief operation in Sisakht

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YASOUJ, 24 Februrary 2021 (IRCS) - Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) completed relief and emergency sheltering operations for the people affected by a magnitude 5.6 earthquake which hit the city of Sisakht in the southwestern province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

Announcing the completion of relief operations to the quake-affected people in Sisakht, IRCS ‎Secretary General Mohammad Hassan Ghosian Moghaddam said:“On the first night, two emergency shelters were set up to accommodate households that affected by the earthquake in a rainy night.”

“10 hours after the incident, we began to distribute tents and 1,000 tents were distributed. On Thursday, February 20, another 800 tents were distributed. In other words, in less than 24 hours after the disaster, 1,800 tents were distributed among the earthquake-affected people in Sisakht and its surrounding villages.”

So far, Iranian Red Crescent Society has distributed 3,000 food parcels for 72 hours among the affected households. Furthermore, 2,000 food parcels including canned food have been distributed among the people.

According to the IRCS secretary general, the people who did not have tents received the tents they needed for emergency shelter.

The Red Crescent covered a total of 3,331 households and distributed the same number of tents.

Due to heavy rains, about 10 tons of plastic nylon was sent to Sisakht, of which 6.6 tons of nylons were distributed among the quake-affected to cover the roofs of the tents.

“Although we did not see destruction of houses as rubble and the earthquake victims' equipment was not seriously damaged, 945 blankets were distributed among the earthquake victims,” added Ghosian Moghaddam.

From now on, voluntary and humanitarian activities will begin. IRCS’ Volunteers Organization and Youth Organization will deploy psychological support teams in the affected areas instead of relief teams who did rescue efforts and emergency sheltering operations.

However, Red Crescent aid workers are present in the affected areas to provide the necessary services if needed. IRCS will continue relief and response services through local resources and cash contributions to be provided to affected households through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).