The recent 7.3 magnitude earthquake along the Iran-Iraq border left destruction in its wake. This Nov. 12, 2017 disaster killed over 400 people, leaving more than 8,000 injured and traumatized. RI's Iran staff have conducted assessments in Kermanshah to discern the most urgent needs of villages in the area. RI is one of the few American-based charities approved for emergency response efforts in Iran and is prepared to offer our assistance as the need arises.
The Iran earthquake in inflicted tremendous damage on the people and infrastructure of these two countries. The numbers of those affected by the earthquake continue to rise and it will take years to rebuild the communities in the hardest-hit areas. The brunt of the damage was borne by the cities of Sare Pole Zahab and Qasr-e Shirin in Iran, whose residents suffered large-scale destruction to houses and other buildings. Half of all schools in Sare Pole Zahab are reported to have been destroyed.
With an established presence in Iran, our team is ready to respond to this crisis. Relief International was established in response to Iran's 1990 Manjil-Rudbar earthquake, which killed more than 50,000 people and left 135,000 peoples' lives in ruins. In 2017, RI remains committed to serving the needs of the Iranian people.
When disaster strikes, all aspects of daily life are disrupted. Schools are demolished, preventing children from receiving an education. Families mourn the loss of loved ones, leaving an empty spot at the dinner table. This earthquake will leave a lasting mark on the landscape and lives of the families living along the Iran-Iraq border. RI is on the ground, ready to provide emergency services to help these communities begin to rebuild.