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Operations Update 4 - Kermanshah Earthquake - Iran

Operations Update 4 - Kermanshah Earthquake - Iran


The Situation

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit Kermanshah province, western part of Iran along the border with Iraq on Sunday November 12, 2017 at 21:48 pm local time, killing at least 620 people and injuring more than 9,000 in numerous districts of the province. In total, 427,266 people were affected in 8 cities and 1,950 rural areas of Kermanshah province. 37,796 residential units in rural areas and in the cities have been seriously damaged between 50 and 100 percent. So far, 1,309 aftershocks in Kermanshah have been registered, according to the Iranian Seismological Centre.

Response of the Iranian Red Crescent

The Red Crescent Society of Iran has a strong presence in the quake affected areas of Kermanshah, with 569 operational relief and rescue teams, 3,017 emergency response teams and 418 operational vehicles, 31 sniffing dog teams (found 6 persons alive and 15 persons dead). 350 operational relief workers are present in the field and 52 relief vehicles are in the field as well.

The 15 task force of the IRCS with the support from 25 Red Crescent provincial branches are controlling and monitoring the operations as the National Society is continuously rendering its humanitarian services for the affected people.

10 relief helicopters of the Iranian Red Crescent were on the scene for 11 days with 259 flights transferring 129,300 kilograms of humanitarian relief items, 717 relief workers to the affected areas, 194 injured people to medical centers.

Relief (food and nonfood items)



Outcome 1: The immediate shelter and tent needs of the target population are met.

Output 1: Essential household items including food and non food items are provided to the target population.



So far, along with the emergency sheltering of the affected people, food and non-food items including 89,885 tents, 289,000 relief blankets, 3,400,000 canned food, 1,035 tons of rice, 49,200 fossil fuel heaters, 40,426 electrical heaters, 288,000 clothes, 61,300 sleeping mat (moquettes), 29,945 Hygiene kits, 46,000 kitchen sets, 6,200,000 bottles of mineral water, 288 tons of nylons (as covering sheets), 59,300 jerry cans, 266 tons of date, 378,600 kg of sugar, 212,000 edible oil and 4,940,000 loaves of bread have been distributed amongst the affected population in the earthquake-hit areas.

The food items have distributed in seventy-two-hour packages (53,245 packages) and in one-month packages (59,647 packages).

50,150 ratio booklets are issued among the affected population for distribution of relief items.

Health and Care



Outcome 2:

The immediate and medium-term risks to the health of affected populations are reduced.

Output 2:

Target population is provided with rapid medical services to assist the injured and prevent from epidemic diseases.


At the first hours of response phase the Iranian Red Crescent deployed 1 Rapid Deployment Hospitals from Hamedan province and 5 Basic Health Care Units from Hamedan, Lorestan, Kermanshah, Kurdestan and Markazi provincial branches to the affected areas.

In agreement reached with Iranian Ministry of Health from mid-November, RDH units replaced the BHC units to render medical services and treatment in favor of earthquake affected people in the affected cities and villages. 26,984 medical services have been rendered through these units.

Restoring Family Links



Outcome 3: Contacts are re-established and maintained between family members separated by the earthquake in the affected areas.

Output 3: Vulnerable families and people separated from each other are registered and tracing services are provided to the affected.


Iranian Red Crescent's tracing unit is providing RFL services in the affected areas by the earthquake. The services furnish the family members with offers of the possibility to search through the list of missing persons and people who have responded that they are alive; register names of persons who wish to inform other that they are alive, with whom they have lost contact. The families can refer to Red Crescent operational centers in Qasre-Shirin, Sare-Pule-Zahab and Thalath-i-Babajani to receive the services.

International Assistance

The Iranian Red Crescent and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies jointly lunched operational plan for longer term relief and recovery phases which has been posted on the IFRC website.

- WHO has airlifted 45 ton trauma kits, surgical and medical supplies to support the treatment of thousands people injured in the earthquake. The supplies were transported from WHO’s emergency logistical center in Dubai to Kermanshah province on 16 November. They were delivered to hospitals and other health facilities receiving the injured.

- Pakistani government donated 165 tents, 200 tarpaulins, 200 plastic ground sheets, 1000 blankets to assist the people in the affected areas.

- ICRC Mission in Tehran donated 7,500 20-litre plastic foldable jerry cans, 19,000 ground sheets, 7,500 kitchen sets, and 10.000 hygiene kits.

- Thailand Government donated 2,000,000 Thai Baht

- Cyrus Red Cross donated 5,000 Euros

- Turkmenistan Government donated medicine and medical equipment

- UNHCR donated 17,244 Blankets and 2,610 tents

- OFID donated 400,000 USD

- Embassy of Japan donated 1,700 Euros plus 16,000,000 IRR

- Iranian citizens in England donated cloths and blankets

- Iranian citizens in Venezuela donated 3 containers and 2 bathroom units

- Iranian citizens in Netherlands donated cloths, blankets, hygiene kits and medicine

Contact information

For further information specifically related to this operation, please contact:

Ms. Mansooreh Bagheri, Director General for International Ops and Programs; Iranian Red Crescent Society, Phone: +98 21 88201082; fax: +98 21 88201052; Email:

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