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Iran Earthquake Update: Report from the Ground

NEWSFLASH by Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB)

August 14, 2012: IAAB's contacts on the ground in Tabriz, Iran, have sent the following report from the past two days in the earthquake-stricken area. The following points are from independent Iranian crisis management experts who have asked to remain anonymous:

  • 40 villages have been destroyed 100 percent, as far as we know thus far.
  • More exact numbers from the damages will be available later today and tomorrow as the teams in charge of surveying the damage do their work. These stats teams just arrived in the area yesterday and have started working from this morning, Iran time.
  • Most of the casualties were women and children due to the time in which the earthquake took place. The men were away from the villages working.
  • Communities from Tabriz and other surrounding towns and cities have been helping a great deal.
  • At the moment, there are enough blankets, tents, flashlights, camping stoves, and food in the area to cover the population in need.
  • The biggest need is to figure out how to rebuild the areas affected, especially how to rebuild the homes. According to these experts, that's where the funds from abroad need to be directed towards. There is enough money on the ground for immediate needs, however the important thing to keep in mind, according to the crisis management experts, is to be careful where people donate their money to and to make sure donors apply pressure on the groups collecting funds at the moment to ensure that they continue the relief efforts once the earthquake becomes old news and the media leaves the area.

IAAB will continue with these updates from experts on the ground as we receive more information.

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