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IFRC Secretary General, IRCS President launches Iran Operational Plan

Iran/Tehran/IRCS: The 7.3 magnitude earthquake in Kermanshah attracted many national and international attentions, which was followed by the declaration of international solidarity. Many letters and calls were made to express condolence and declare readiness for international assistance that led to this. An earthquake which affected nearly 2,000 villages and eight cities left much devastation in western part of the country.  

 

Following on international donations, Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, travelled to Tehran to meet with the leadership of the Red Crescent Society of Iran and visit areas affected by the recent earthquake in Kermanshah from 28 November to 1 December 2017 whilst expressing his condolence and conveying the Red Cross and Red  Crescent messages of sympathy to President of the Red Crescent Society, earthquake survivors and people of Kermanshah and Iran.

 

During the visit held on 29 November 2017 between the Secretary General of the International Federation and the President of the Iranian Red Crescent, Prof. Ali Asghar Peyvandi referred to the presence of Red Crescent rescuers, volunteers and aid workers at the first hours of the disaster occurrence and said that beside the magnitude of the earthquake, the vastness of areas, high number of people killed, injured and trapped under the rubbles in the incident of Kermanshah, the Red Crescent Society of Iran immediately did extraordinary responses and just 12 hours after the incident, rescue operations were completed.

 

Deploying professional relief and rescue teams together with sufficient logistics and equipments, distribution of about 84,000 tents, 240,000 blankets, 72-hours food parcels, 40.000 food and nonfood booklets and one-month food items shows the readiness and desirability of the Iranian Red Crescent Society to mobilize its resources to respond to the quake even in hard-to-reach areas, said President of IRCS.

 

In his speech during the press conference, Prof. Peyvandi welcomed any voluntary international assistance and said, "The operational plan allocated for 50,000 households (200,000 people)  focusing on restoring family links, water, sanitation and hygiene, livelihood, psychosocial support and increasing preparedness and training,". More than 20 million (CHF) Swiss Francs is predicted in this operational plan for greater cooperation between Red Crescent Society of Iran and the International Federation to return people back to normal life and increase resilience in the communities.

 

Since I was in the IFRC during the past 3 years, I remember that the Iranian Red Crescent Society has provided humanitarian services in Nepalese earthquake, Africa drought, Yemen, Syria, and many other places in the world, wherever needed. Now, I, as a representative from 189 National Society and 17 million Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers also would like to express my sympathy and condolences to all of you and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran," stated  Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of IFRC. "We are proud that this National Society has saved many lives and helped many people by protecting their human dignity",

 

The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies will travel to Kermanshah province tonight in order to have a field visit to the earthquake affected areas.