On the morning of Tuesday 5 April 2017, Khorasane-Razavi province was hit by an earthquake measured as at least 6 magnitude, followed by over 300 aftershocks, measuring as much as 5.1. So far, authorities have confirmed at least one death and close to 40 injured people.
Four cities of Sarakhs, Torbate-Jam, Fariman and Mashhad and 67 villages were amongst the worst hit. Immediately after the earthquake struck, the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran initiated an emergency response, with Red Crescent staff and volunteers working continuously since then to provide vitally needed rescue and relief services to those in need of assistance.
Dr Seyed Amir Mohsen Ziaee, President of the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran immediately directed parts of the operations through a live video conference with regional operations centres.
Mr Mostafa Mohammadioun, Secretary General travelled to the affected areas, together with Mr Morteza Salimi, Head of Relief and Rescue, to monitor rescue operations and the provision of humanitarian services and relief.
So far, about 60 families in the village of Kalateh and 160 people in 8 further villages in Razavieh district have received emergency shelter assistance along with food and non-food relief items sent to the area by the Red Crescent. In total, 4,846 people have received Red Crescent relief items and emergency shelter services.
Thousands of relief items have been distributed in the 24 hours since the initial disaster, including 1,200 tents, 4,100 blankets, 1,300 ground sheets, 530 kitchen sets, and 570 kilograms of plastic sheeting to protect from the elements. Several tonnes of food items have also been distributed to those in need, including food parcels as well as rice, sugar and oil. Red Crescent psychosocial support teams were also on hand to provide assistance to those who needed it.
The Iranian Red Crescent deployed relief and rescue forces, equipment and facilities including 24 relief and rescue operational teams made up of 160 people, 5 ambulances and a rescue vehicle, 3 telecommunication vehicles, 6 relief trucks and 3 helicopters.