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Quake relief, rescue bases to be set up in Tehran province

Managing Director of Tehran province Red Crescent Society (TRCS) Hamid-Reza Dehqan predicted on Monday that in case of occurrence of earthquake in Tehran, 10 outlets and suburban relief and rescue bases will extend their relief services to the quake-hit citizens, IRNA reported from Tehran.

He told IRNA that every provincial suburban relief and rescue bases will be in position to extend relief aid services to 250,000 victims in case any natural disaster occurs.

"The warehouse at Imam Khomeini airport is to serve as the sixth relief and rescue base and the storage center for the international relief packages when quakes happen," he added.

Dehqan noted that TRCS has already set up earthquake relief and rescue bases in Tehran regions 16 and 20.

He said that setting up bases in other areas of the capital city of Tehran depends on the assistance of Tehran municipality to provide the required premises.

The official stressed the need to provide training on relief and rescue operations for the interested individuals as well as their introduction to the culture of self-relief.

"The promotion of training every family as relief workers is one of the most significant CRS programs to the effect," he added.

Referring to voluntary humanitarian measures taken by the youth within the framework of pupil, student and free associations, he said that 1,700 schools and 28 universities across the province are to continue their activities in line with humanitarian objectives.

"Some 100,000 Tehrani citizens have been trained on campaigning AIDS, out of whom 63,000 were trained on the International AIDS Day," he added.

He declared the formation of the AIDS committee by the university instructors aiming to assess the problems and difficulties associated with the disease.

Dehqan said that currently 14 TCRS centers are operational across the province to provide information and aid on the disease as well as drug addiction.

Meanwhile, Iran's Red Crescent Society (IRCS) is in position to extend relief aid to 100,000 Iraqi war-stricken refugees for two weeks by making use of its own internal reserves aimed for natural disasters.

According to a report released by IRCS, the relief services will double in case international aid is supplied.

It added that the International Red Cross Committee whose representatives are stationed in th cities of Kermanshah and Orumiyeh along with the necessary logistics, can also dispatch some relief packages to northern Iraq via IRCS.

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