The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volun teers are active in over 183 countries.
This Bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the situation and the information available at this time.
The Federation is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation at this time. The International Federation undertakes activities that are aligned with its Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to achieve the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".
Global Agenda Goals:
- Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.
- Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.
- Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.
- Reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion and promote respect for diversity and human dignity.
The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) and authorities are actively involved in emergency relief and rehabilitation operation. Red Crescent branches from neighbouring provinces have been allocated certain areas where they provide temporary shelter to affected people and distribute essential relief items. PSP teams started providing psychological support to earthquake victims.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) delegation in Tehran and the Middle East and North Africa department, supported by the Operations Support Department, are providing coordination of information. A team from the Federation's Iran Delegation arrived in Borujerd on 2 April to assess the situation and the needs of the affected people. Basic needs of affected people such as tents, blankets, kitchen sets and food are met by the pre-positioned disaster preparedness items of the IRCS .
While the IRCS does not call for any international appeal, it would welcome voluntary contributions or donations for immediate supply of group tents to be used as public tents for accommodating those people who prefer to sleep outdoors.
Several governments and UN agencies have made cash or in-kind donations to support the on-going relief operation in the quake-affected areas. On 3 April 2006 the OPEC Fund for International Development pledged a grant of USD 500,000 to the Federation to support the IRCS' emergency relief operation.
According to the latest figures, the earthquakes in Lorestan left 70 people dead, 1,300 injured and 15,000 families homeless. The total number of quake victims in various towns, townships, and villages of the province is 250,000. A total of 330 villages were levelled, between 30 to 100 per cent, with 70 of those completely destroyed. The most affected villages are Darbastaneh, Ganjineh and Bozazna. It is reported that around 50 per cent of the population in Boroujerd has been displaced. Out of 130 schools in the Boroujerd area, 30 have suffered serious damage, while the remain ing school buildings are not considered safe for reopening. The quakes claimed the lives of 42,000 livestock. Recent quakes also damaged 18 historical monuments, 12 tourist sites and facilities in Lorestan, including mosques, religious venues and mausoleums, which suffered up 70 per cent damage.
Since the earthquakes hit Lorestan Province, Iran on 30-31 March 2006, 107 aftershocks have shaken the affected areas, forcing many people to sleep outdoors in tents, parks, public places or inside their vehicles.
This is a mountainous region at 1,000 metres above the sea level, so the weather is not favourable for people to stay outside. On 2-3 April it rained on and off, sometimes with torrential rains pouring for several hours, making the life of quake victims more difficult.
Therefore, there is a high demand for tents and blankets. The priority for sheltering is to provide the homeless with family tents and IRCS is planning to set up group tents to accommodate people at night.
The supply of drinking water has become a serious issue in Boroujerd and affected areas. In Boroujerd, where the water from the city water network and taps in Boroujerd is muddy, 19 water tankers are delivering water and relief workers are distributing bottled water to people. Food baskets are also being distributed.
Ministries, along with the IRCS and the national army, are actively working in operational areas. Twenty teams from the Ministry of Agriculture are in the field to disinfect and clean areas from dead animal bodies. Twelve assessment teams have been sent to the affected areas from the Ministry of Health (MoH) to assess health needs. The MoH has set up a field hospital to give medical care to affected people. All injured people are getting medical treatment in hospitals in Boroujerd and neighbouring provinces.
According to the UN Resident Coordinator, the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has indicated that the Government welcomes assistance from the United Nations and other bilateral donations.
Governments of Russia, Kuwait, Japan and other countries sent emergency relief items to Iran or pledged cash contribution to support the relief operation for affected people. UN agencies, including OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF and WHO, also pledged cash donations and allocated relief items for distribution in affected areas .
For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:
Seyed Hadi Samaei, Director General of International Affairs Department, Iranian Red Crescent Society, Tehran; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: 98.21.88662618-19; fax: 98 .21.88662652
Chang Hun Choe, Acting Head of Delegation, Tehran; email: email@example.com ; mobile: 98 .912 2172507; tel: 98.21.88672424-28; fax: 98.21.88672429
Linda Stops, OSD operations focal point office: + 41.22.730.4527 mobile: 41.79.2173376
Evgeni Parfenov, Regional Officer, MENA Department, Geneva; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 41.22.730 4325; fax: 41.22.733 0395
All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) in Disaster Relief and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.
For longer-term programmes in this or other countries or regions, please refer to the Federation's Annual Appeal. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for national society profiles, please also access the Federation's website at http://www.ifrc.org
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