Iranian Red Crescent provides emergency shelter for more than 10,000 earthquake-affected people

Source: Iranian Red Crescent
Country: Iran (Islamic Republic of)

The earthquake in East Azerbaijan province has killed five and injured 584. Tents, blankets, lanterns and 72-hours food parcels are being sent to the most heavily damaged towns.
TABRIZ/TEHRAN, 11 November 2019 (IRCS) – The Iranian Red Crescent has provided emergency sheltering for 10,472 affected people following the earthquake which struck Miyaneh County, East Azerbaijan.

UPDATED/ Red Crescent Provides Emergency Sheltering for more than 10,000 people in East Azerbaijan Earthquake

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 on the Richter scale hit northwestern Iran in Miyaneh County in East Azerbaijan Province on Friday, 8 November 2019, at a depth of 8 km at 02:17 a.m. local time.

The earthquake has killed five and injured 584, who mostly received outpatient services, according to officials. All the casualties are reportedly from Varnakesh village.

66 people were injured by destruction of their houses, and 518 others by panic or rushing to escape.

The Red Crescent provided emergency shelter to 10,472 affected people in the seven most affected villages. Red Crescent relief workers have set up 2,618 tents to shelter the affected families.

Red Crescent also has distributed 1,336 lanterns, 1,242 food parcels, 3,700 kg plastic nylons, 2,370 blankets, 909 ground sheets, 4,135 mineral bottles and 440 kitchen sets among the people.

The worst damage is reported in Varnakesh village with 40 demolished houses.

This earthquake was felt in the six towns of East Azerbaijan province, including Miyaneh, Tark, Sarab, Turkman Chay, Bostan Abad, Hashtrood, and 145 villages.

The Iranian Red Crescent sent 50 operational and assessment teams, including 190 relief workers and rescuers to the affected regions. The Red Crescent aid workers have rendered relief services to 53 villages.

Furthermore, Two relief helicopters have been deployed for more assess.

“Emergency shelter has been provided in affected areas. Emergency food is also distributed among the affected people. Tents, blankets, lanterns and 72-hours food parcels have been sent to the affected regions.” said Morteza Salimi, head of Relief and Rescue Organisation of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS).

The 5.9-magnitude earthquake has so far had 153 aftershocks, the largest of which was 4.8 magnitude. In addition to Varnakesh village, other areas have been damaged by fallen roofs and cracked walls. The quake was also felt in West Azerbaijan, Gilan, Ardebil and Zanjan provinces.

The earthquake killed 1350 livestock in Miyaneh and Sarab counties. It also cut the power of 7,000 people in Sarab county, which was reconnected immediately.

Iranian Red Crescent President Ali Asghar Peyvandi visited affected areas in Miyaneh and Sarab counties on November 9. Mr Peyvandi monitored the services which were rendered to the affected people, including emergency sheltering centers by the Red Crescent.

HLA inaugurates new Advisory Group

HLA announces the creation of a new Advisory Group to support the delivery of its core mission.

The group is composed of distinguished professionals with deep knowledge of the humanitarian logistics sector, including many who have been closely involved with the work of HLA over the years. They are:

Andrew Parkes, Global Operations Manager, Malaria Consortium

Nick Murdoch, Independent Logistics & Supply Chain Consultant

Will Holden, Managing Director Emergency Logistics Team, CMILT

Martijn Blansjaar, Head of Supply and Logistics, OXFAM GB

Jane Tikhwi Muyundo, Castelbarco Capacity Building Consultants

Stuart Smith, Global Director, Humanitarian, Volga Dnepr Group

Neil Rodrigues, Director Global Supply Chain, International Medical Corps

Jarrod Goentzel, Director, MIT Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab

Michael C. Whiting, independent humanitarian logistics consultant

Ilse Larkin, independent humanitarian logistics professional and guest lecturer at University of Cranfield

John Cropper, Lead, Program Management and Humanitarian, Humentum

Frank Clary, VP Sustainability, Agility Logistics

The first meeting of the newly-constituted board took place on May 30, 2019 where they discussed among other things the draft HLA strategy, and the new ‘HLA Connect’ – which is an enhanced web platform which aims to make it less challenging for stakeholders to engage with the humanitarian logistics (HL) sector, and other related humanitarian initiatives / activities.

The group will meet remotely every two months, with the next call scheduled for the end of July.

“I am immensely pleased that HLA has now been able to launch a new advisory group to help steer the organisation through the implementation of its latest three-year strategy. HLA is extremely grateful to the members that have joined the group; they bring a broad range of expertise and wealth of experience. Their commitment to supporting the aims of the HLA and to building humanitarian logistics as a recognised sector is hugely important.” George Fenton, Chief Executive, HLA

HLA joined NCVO

HLA joined UK National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) in November 2018 as a member organization. NCVO acts as the major connector in the volunteer sector. NCVO promotes volunteerism and serves the organizations that recruit volunteers, as well as volunteers themselves. Since HLA’s team consists of some volunteers at different levels of expertise, joining NCVO will help the organization in volunteer performance assessment and management. Apart from being a platform for volunteers and non-profit organizations to connect and network with one another, NCVO provides a wealth of learning materials for professional development of volunteers and their associated organizations on its website. Its wide range of training courses covers topics tailor made for trustees, board of directors, volunteers’ supervisors, fundraisers, advocacy officers, campaigners and financiers. For more details on what NCVO has to offer, you can visit their website: