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Iran & Iraq Earthquake: Red Crescent teams deliver lifesaving aid

Earthquake

Spokespersons and photos available following the 7.3 magnitude earthquake

Red Crescent volunteers in Iran and northern Iraq are working around the clock in the aftermath of a devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake that shook the border region Sunday evening.

In Iran, at least 430 people were killed and more than 7,000 injured by the quake. Iranian Red Crescent volunteers performed search-and-rescue and first aid in the immediate aftermath—deploying more than 100 teams to support disaster response efforts including sniffer dogs, debris removal, emergency shelter, first aid, and search-and-rescue.

As aftershocks continue, Red Crescent teams are distributing relief items including tents, ground sheets, blankets, kitchen sets, and food items such as canned food and rice.

In northern Iraq, the Red Crescent is reporting 10 people killed and more than 425 injured by the Sunday evening quake. The Iraqi Red Crescent deployed teams to evacuate the injured and provide first aid. A hospital in Darbandikhan was damaged, so the Red Crescent delivered first aid materials and set up a tent inside the hospital to receive and treat the injured temporarily.

As families start returning back to their homes in Kirkuk and surrounding areas, Iraqi Red Crescent health teams are offering services and volunteers are working alongside the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to distribute relief supplies such as water, food, kitchen sets, hygiene items, thermoses, kettles, tarps, blankets, and towels.

MEDIA CONTACTS

  • In Iran: Ms. Mansoureh Bagheri, Iran Red Crescent Society Director for international Operations, tel: +989 12 13 96432, intdep@rcs.ir
  • In Iraq: Mr. Mohamad Khosaii, Iraq Red Crescent Spokesperson, Tel: +964 77 06 740 084
  • In Beirut: Rana Cassou, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Tel: +961 71 80 2779, Rana.CASSOU@ifrc.org
  • In Geneva: Laura Ngo-Fontaine, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Tel: +41 79 959 3662, laura.ngofontaine@ifrc.org
  • PHOTOS

  • Iran photos for editorial use, here
  • Iraq photos for editorial use, here
  • SOCIAL MEDIA

    Follow @iraqircs and @IFRC_MENA accounts for updates

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