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Operations Update Kermanshah Earthquake - Iran

Operations Update

 Kermanshah Earthquake - Iran

   23 November 2017

The Situation

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit Kermanshah rovince, western part of Iran along the border with Iraq on Sunday November 12, 2017 at 21:48 pm local time, killing at least 437 people and injuring more than 7.817 in numerous districts of the province. In total, 427,266 people are affected in 7 districts of Kermanshah province. 11.000 residential units in rural areas and 4.500 houses in the cities have been seriously damaged between 50 and 100 percent.

According to the Iranian Welfare Organisation, the number of disabled people caused by the quake reaches to 118. So far, 664 aftershocks in Kermanshah has been registered, the biggest of which is 5 on the Richter scale, according to the Iranian Seismological Centre

Response of the Iranian Red Crescent

Due to the continuation of operation, 38 rapid response teams, 52 search and rescue teams, 31 sniffing dogs teams, 87 emergency sheltering teams, 27 emergency health and treatment teams, 1.859 relief and rescue workers together with 81 ambulances, 101 4WD vehicles, 23 rescue vehicles, 297 trucks and 90 trailers from IRCS provincial branches have been deployed to the affected areas to support operations of the IRCS in the affected cities and villages.

10 relief helicopters from the Iranian Red Crescent transferred 130 tons of humanitarian relief items, relief and rescue equipments as well as 603 relief and rescue workers. 

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.




Along with the emergency sheltering of the affected people, food and NFI items including 83,728 tents, 240,000 relief blankets, 665,000 canned food, 35 tons of rice, 740,000 water bottles, 157,000 loaves of bread, 26,000 kg date, sugar 10,000 kg, liquid oil 24,000 bottles, 39,000 heaters, 5,500 electronic heaters, 1,000 sleeping mat (moquettes), 32,237 kitchen sets, 175,000 tons of nylons, and 58,000 jerry cans have been distributed among 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.




Iranian Red Crescent deployed Rapid Deployment Hospital from Hamedan province and 5 Basic Health Care Units from Hamedan, Lorestan, Kurdestan and Markazi provincial branches to the affected areas. About 12.408 people received the medical services from the Iranian Red Crescent so far. At present, the IRCS’s RDHs and BHCUs are providing health and treatment services 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 welcomes voluntary contribution including longer term relief, rehabilitation and recovery. The international assistance voluntarily received so far are:   

- 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 whose emergency logistical centre in Dubai to Kermanshah province on 16 November. They were delivered to hospitals and other health facilities receiving the injured.

- German Humedica team including 6 members is on the affected areas to assess the situation for further support to the operation of the Iranian Red Crescent. 

- Pakistani government donated 165 tents, 200 tarpaulins, 200 plastic ground sheets, 1050 blankets to assist the people in the affected areas.

- Iranians living in Netherlands donated 3.058 kg of humanitarian assistance including clothes, blanket, hygiene kits and medicines.

- Iranian school in Venezuela donated 3 prefabricated houses and 2 latrines.

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


Coordinating with the authorities

 As auxiliary to the public authorities, the Iranian Red Crescent maintains a strong relationship with government bodies through its coordination with the National Disaster Management Organisation (NDMO) under the Ministry of Interior. At the district level, the district branch of IRCS takes part in the Provincial Disaster Management Organisation (PDMO) headed by the provincial governor general.

The Iranian Ministry of Education provided 70 prefabricated classes for school students in the affected areas.


Needs and required assistance

 The IRCS continues its efforts for longer term relief operation due to extent of damages caused by the quake, hence any kind and in-kind donation for the long term program and recovery phase is welcomed. In kind needs consist of winterized tents, hygiene kits, portable heating utensils, antiseptic, water treatment tablet, food items (local purchase).   

 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: