Earthquakes in Iran
The Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRCS) is responding to two recent earthquakes that have hit Iran on August 11th.
The IRCS has erected over 5,000 tents in the area to provide emergency shelter for those affected by the earthquake. The organization said that up to 16,000 people needed immediate assistance. Supplies of blankets, food and other emergency items are already being distributed. Ninety two teams from 14 provincial Red Crescent branches are already working in the area with the assistance of three helicopters, 71 ambulance crews and 40 additional relief vehicles. In all, the organization says that over 800 staff and volunteers are on the ground supporting the relief effort.
*The Canadian Red Cross is not currently requesting funds for the Iran earthquake.* The Canadian Red Cross responds to emergencies as part of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. Each country has their own National Society, and the Canadian Red Cross only steps in if the affected National Society has requested support. The Canadian Red Cross is monitoring this situation closely and is ready to respond if requested by the Iran Red Crescent.