Beirut/Geneva, 13 November 2017 – Red Crescent volunteers in northern Iraq and Iran are providing urgent search and rescue and first aid to victims of the devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake that shook the region yesterday evening at 21:18 local time. According to Iran Red Crescent at least 328 people have been killed and 3950 injured. In Iraq, the Iraqi Red Crescent report that 9 people have been killed and more than 425 injured.

“The Iranian Red Crescent Society has deployed response teams which include equipment for shelter, first aid, and search and rescue in the aftermath of the earthquake to the affected cities of Qasre-Shirin, Gilane-Garb, Kermanshah, Sare-PuleZahab, Salase-Babajani, Dalahoo, Islamabad- E- Gharb, and Javanrood.” said Ms. Mansoureh Bagheri, Iran Red Crescent Society’s Director for international Operations.

“Immediately after the earthquake, we have deployed our teams to evacuate the injured and provide first aid to the affected communities. Our team are working around the clock in the affected areas”, said Mohamad Khosaii, Spokesperson of Iraq Red Crescent Society.

Red Crescent spokespeople are available to speak about the impact of the earthquake and describe the growing response effort.

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In Iran
Ms. Mansoureh Bagheri
Iran Red Crescent Society Director for international Operations
tel: +989 12 13 96432

In Iraq
Mr. Mohamad Khosaii
Iraq Red Crescent Spokesperson
Tel: +964 77 06 740 084 and/or Dr. Yassin, President of Iraq Red Crescent: +964 790 11 11 185

In Beirut
Rana Cassou, IFRC
Tel: +961 71 80 2779

In Geneva
Laura Ngo-Fontaine
Tel: +41 79 959 3662

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