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Relief and rescue operations continue in Iran's quake-affected areas

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit western part of Iran along the border with Iraq on Sunday Nov.12, 2017 at 21:48 pm local time, killing at least 430 people and injuring more than 7370 up to now. At least 12.000 residential units in 8 cities and more than 500 villages have been damaged between 50 and 100 percent.

Rescue operation has been completed but still continued in the villages hoping to find people. 

The occurrence of 203 aftershocks in Kermanshah has been recorded and the aftershocks will continue according to the Iranian Seismological Centre. 

The IRCS is rendering emergency sheltering for the affected people.  Relief and food stuff have been dispatched from 16 IRCS Provincial Branches around the affected province of Kermanshah.

So far, 26,000 relief blankets, more than 10,000 relief tents and 200,000 canned food have been distributed amongst the beneficiaries in earthquake-hit areas and in the cities of Qasre-Shirin, Sare-Pule-Zahab and Thalath-i-Babajani and will continue to reach all the affected people.

10 Red Crescent Helicopters are operating to transfer the injured people from Kermanshah to nearby medical centres in the other provinces and also to support relief operation and deploy relief teams and items to the province.

Severe cold weather and extreme temperatures and the wide location of the affected people are the challenges for relief operation.