- OFID grants emergency aid to earthquake victims in Iran
OFID grants emergency aid to earthquake victims in Iran
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck Iran’s western border with Iraq.
OFID channeled US$400,000 in emergency aid to the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) following a magnitude 7.3 earthquake that struck Iran’s western border with Iraq. The November 12 earthquake was the deadliest of 2017, killing 530 people and injuring another 8,000.
Thousands of homes suffered damage or were destroyed, leaving more than 70,000 people in need of emergency shelter. First response teams deployed by IRCS provided immediate rescue and relief services to affected cities.
OFID’s grant is supporting IRCS operations in Iran’s hardest-hit city, Kermanshah, where more than 400 aftershocks have been registered. The funding helped secure urgently-needed supplies, such as winter-resistant tents, blankets, warm clothing, hygiene sets, ground heets, tarpaulins and heating equipment.
Signing the grant on November 20, OFID Director-General Suleiman J Al-Herbish said: “We stand with the government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran at this troubled time. This grant is a gesture of our solidarity with those affected by the devastation.”
IRCS is Iran’s largest relief organization. Founded in 1922, it provides a broad range of health services across the country, while also focusing on emergency relief in response to man-made or natural disasters at home as well as abroad.
OFID has bolstered IRCS emergency efforts in Iran with two prior grants, totaling just under US$1 million, in the wake of the 2003 and 2005 earthquakes.