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IRCS aids over 58,000 Snow-affects Citizens

TEHRAN, Jan. 29 (IRCS) -- The relief workers of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) have provided emergency shelter for 22,200 people across Iran since Saturday, offering aid to 58,700.

A column of freezing air that hit Iran in recent days continued on Monday (January 29) to blanket a huge swathe of the country including the northern provinces of Golestan, Khorasan Razavi and North Khorasan, the eastern province of southern Khorasan, the southeastern province of Kerman and the central province of Yazd. Police has made is compulsory on motorists to equip their cars with snow-chain if they want to drive in mountainous regions. Weather forecasts say the column will stay in the country by at least Friday bringing cold to as low as minus 20 degrees in various parts of the country.

IRCS rescue and relief services have rushed to aid the people trapped by the snow in various Iranian provinces since it began late last week. 

According to the IRCS’ Rescue and Relief Organization, from January 25 to local time 11:30 a.m. on January 29,  IRCS relief teams were dispatched to snow-affected roads in 22 provinces including the northern provinces of Gilan, Mazandaran, the northeastern provinces of Khorasan Razavi and Golestan, the northwestern provinces of East Azarbaijan and West Azarbaijan, Qazvin, Zanjan and Ardebil, the eastern province of Southern Khorasan, the western Provinces of Hamedan and Kurdistan, the central Provinces of Isfahan, Alborz, Tehran, Semnan and Markazi, the southwestern Provinces of Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari, Qom, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad, Lorestan and Khuzestan, which were deeply blanketed by snow and blizzard.

IRCS rescuers have so far aided more than 58,700 people and provided emergency shelters for at least 22,200.

Moreover, sixty-one injured people were transferred to hospitals and 163 others received outpatient treatment. Two thousand and 570 vehicles caught in snow were saved by IRCS forces. 

Furthermore, the people affected by the snow received 36,200 blankets, 32,100 bottles of mineral water, 21,800 packs of canned food, 4,700 kg of dates, 15,150 loafs of bread and 27,400 biscuit packs/

IRCS also sent a helicopter from Tehran to help the drivers of the Qom-Tehran old road. The rescuers saved 5 children and infants as well as 8 men and women trapped in the snow in an old road that Tehran with Qom.

Morteza Salimi, Head of the Relief and Rescue Organization, advised people to avoid unnecessary trips as much as possible and take polic's instructions seriously in regard to roads. He also said that snowstorm-affected citizens can call 112 for help.

Salimi also said that a helicopter flew to Charmshahr region in Varamin County, Tehran Province, at 12 a.m. and transferred ten snow-captured compatriots to safe areas.  

He said that another rescue helicopter was sent to the region at 3 p.m. to help the citizens caught in the snow in Varamin.

745 relief teams consisting of 3,087 IRCS rescuers and relief workers have offered services in 191 roads in urban and rural regions across Iran.