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Case Statement #2 - Earthquake in Iran: helping survivors rebuild their lives 02/03/04
A major earthquake registering 6.3 on the Richter scale hit Iran on the morning of December 26, 2003. The death toll has reached 41,000. Over 30,000 people were injured and more than 75,000 people have been left homeless.
Ambassadors, heads of United Nations (UN) agencies, journalists and government officials descended on Bam today for a whirlwind tour of the stricken city and a visit to the Iranian Red Crescent Operations Centre.
How you can help earthquake victims in Iran 01/15/04
When a disaster such as the earthquake in Iran destroys the lives of so many people, Canadians often search for a meaningful way in which they can help the victims. The Canadian Red Cross receives many requests from people who want to donate to the appeal, volunteer at the disaster scene or send goods.
The Canadian Red Cross, through its Restoring Family Links program, is helping people in Canada searching for relatives in the earthquake-affected area. Canadians who have had no news from relatives living in the earthquake-affected area can contact their local Red Cross office to submit a disaster welfare inquiry. This inquiry will be transmitted to the Iranian Red Crescent Society, which will, in turn, attempt to learn the fate of the sought person.
Among the dozens of tents that house offices and accommodation for the international Red Cross Red Crescent team in Bam, lies the Logistics Emergency Response Unit (ERU), that group of people that ensures the pipeline of relief goods runs smoothly to the tens of thousands who need it.
The sports stadium in Bam has been transformed into a temporary relief distribution centre for the victims of the December 26 earthquake. Scores of families swarm around the various tents and are greeted by dozens of Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) volunteers who provide them with food, blankets, carpets, tents and other urgently needed materials.
Fatima Badrabadi sits perched upon a large bundle enveloped in torn plastic sheeting with her two year-old daughter Nazanin cradled on her lap. All of the belongings she has retrieved from her destroyed home are in the bundle.
Almost a week after a devastating earthquake struck Bam in southeastern Iran, a pregnant woman was miraculously pulled alive from the rubble.
The busiest streets in downtown Bam look like construction zones. What used to be houses are now piles of shattered brick and rubble. Among the dust-covered palm trees in a small park, the Japanese Red Cross has set up a clinic to treat the victims of the earthquake.
Earthquake in Iran: helping survivors rebuild their lives 12/31/03
A major earthquake registering 6.3 on the Richter scale hit Iran’s south-eastern city of Bam at 5:30 am (local time) on December 26, 2003. The death-toll is currently at 28,000 and continues to climb. Over 30,000 people have been injured and more than 80,000 are homeless.