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A ceremony was held in Tehran on Sunday, 18 August, in which the representatives of 320 charities and non-governmental institutions engaged in various incidents such as Iran’s recent floods attended.
Addressing the ceremony, Ali Asghar Peyvandi, IRCS President, emphasized that charities were not competitors to the Red Crescent, but they “are our companions and the Society regards all the charities as friend and companion.”
“Iran is prone to natural disasters and you have to wait for an incident every moment, so we need such unity in major disasters,” said IRCS President.
According to Peyvandi, so far, Iranian people have donated Rls. 2,200 billion (more than 52.38 million US dollars) as cash contributions to join the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS)’s support for the families affected by March and April floods. The in-kind contributions have also reached Rls. 1,600 billion (more than 38 million US dollars).
From the public cash contributions, the Iranian Red Crescent spent nearly Rls. 550 billion (more than 13 million US dollars) to purchase 10,000 appliances, including refrigerators, ovens, carpets and blankets to the flood-affected families.
Nearly 30,000 houses have lost their roof during the recent heavy rains which triggered the floods, and the IRCS plans to donate cash to the families to reconstruct their houses.
Furthermore, in recent floods, which left 78, the Iranian Red Crescent spent Rls. 1,510 billion (nearly 36 million US dollars) from its resources to serve the affected people.