With a growing need for makeshift tents, foodstuffs and medical aid in Iran’s western province of Kermanshah four days after a deadly earthquake hit the region, people have joined a national campaign to help the quake victims.
While the temperature drops to zero degrees at midnight in Sarpol Zahab, the city hit hardest by Sunday’s quake, many people still have to spend the night outdoors due to a shortage of tents.
Rescue and relief teams are still working in the quake-hit areas after four days. Around 480 people have died and 10,000 others wounded in the 7.3 magnitude tremor, whose epicenter was near Iraq’s Sulaymaniyah.
Administrative and military forces in Iran have joined hands to assist with the rescue and relief operation. The IRGC has moved the country’s biggest portable field hospital to Kermanshah. The Army and the IRGC aerial forces airlift dozens of victims to capital Tehran every day.
On Thursday morning, a top IRGC Ground Force official expressed the hope that the situation in Kermanshah would soon return to normal, saying the IRGC and the Army have shared the responsibilities to help those affected by the quake.
According to President Hassan Rouhani, the earthquake has destroyed 11,000 rural houses and 4,500 urban dwellings in Kermanshah province.