Relief operations underway in Iran’s quake-affected areas

November 19, The Iran project – Relief operations continue in Iran’s western regions that were hit by a deadly earthquake on Sunday (Nov 12) night. So far several top Iranian officials have personally traveled to Kermanshah Province to inspect the damage and help speed up recovery efforts.

People from all over Iran are flocking to Kermanshah to help quake-hit residents there. People have donated tents, blankets, clothes, bottled water and other much-needed items.

On Sunday (Nov 19) Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani arrived in western city of Kermanshah to tour the regions hit by a killer 7.3 magnitude quake and  receive firsthand account of the relief and rescue operations in the quake-stricken areas.

Ministers of Petroleum Bijan Namdar Zangeneh and of Economy and Finance Masood Karbasian accompany the speaker in the visit. President Hassan Rouhani had visited the area on Tuesday (Nov 14).

According to Iranian Legal Medicine Organization (LMO), the quake toll has reached as high as 437 with two of them still remaining unidentified.

The Organization put total number of the victims in the quake-hit cities as follows: 387 in Sarpol-Zahab (two of the dead remaining unidentified), 14 in Karand, 16 in Qasr-e-Shirin, 12 in Salas, one in Kermanshah, one in Tazehabad and six in Ozgoleh.
Based on the latest statistics, over 10,179 injured in quake-stricken areas in Iran.

Meanwhile, Head of Ministry of Health and Medical Education department for mental health Ali Asadi has also announced that four teams of psychotherapists have settled in Kermanshah hospitals to help earthquake trauma victims.

Asadi said the quake-hit people need mental health aids besides accommodation, food and cloths, adding that twenty five more talking therapy practitioner teams will arrive in Kermanshah within days to offer psychotherapy, counseling and supervision services for anyone experiencing trauma as a result of the earthquake.

On Nov 17, A Chinese 13-memebr rescue team arrived in Sarpol-e Zahab town, western Iran on Friday to give aids to the quake-stricken people.

The Chinese group is inspecting the area to give information to other group members in order to bring required equipment. The Chinese team is experts in rescue, medical and engineering fields.

Moreover, a six-member German group from Humedica international aid also have entered Sarpol-e Zahab town.

On Nov 18, Pakistan Air Force C-130 plane carrying relief assistance for the quake-hit people landed at Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran.

This is the first consignment of aid by any country to Iran, Pakistani officials said.