IFRC Regional Director Meets IRCS Secretary General
TEHRAN, 14 April 2019 (IRCS) – Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Sayed Hashem said that the International Federation would support the Iranian Red Crescent in responding to the country’s flood-affected people.
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Mr, Hashem met with the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Secretary General Mahmoud Reza Peyravi in the Red Crescent’s headquarters on 14 April, discussing recent flooding in Iran that left 70 people dead.
During the meeting IRCS’ secretary general said that rapid and timely relief required air relief.
“In spite of unfavourable conditions in the flood-affected areas and urgent needs to convey relief aids to the regions, six IRCS rescue helicopters have been useless due to lack of indispensable components,” Peyravi said. “Now that we are under the sanctions and we are not allowed to purchase more helicopters this problem has slowed down the relief of affected areas, especially in hard-to-reach areas.
IFRC’s regional director for the Middle East and North Africa who had previously announced his support for the Iranian Red Crescent on responding to the flood-affected people, during the meeting said: “Iranian Red Crescent is a strong Society, having managed many disasters so far, and now it’s time other National Societies helped to meet the needs of Iran’s flood victims.”
He also referred to the emergency appeal launched by the IFRC to support to about 150,000 flood-affected people in desperate need, adding that some Societies had announced readiness to respond to the appeal, and stating that the number of National Societies responding to the Iran flood would be more.
Mr, Hashem also departed for the southwestern province of Khuzestan to visit the flood-affected areas.