11 pregnant women, 39 children under 5 dead after powerful quake hits Kermanshah
According to state-run ISNA Dec. 5, a Kermanshah health official announced the deaths of 11 pregnant women and 39 kindergartners in the quake-stricken areas of Kermanshah Province in western Iran. Ibrahim Shakiba, head of the Health Center of Kermanshah, told a press briefing on Monday, that the women had died in Sarpol-e Zahab, but the children were from three cities of Sarpol-e Zahab, Salas Babajani and Dalahou.
He did not explain the reason for the deaths of the children and sufficed to make a general statement on the deaths of pregnant women, saying they were “due to the problems caused by the earthquake.”
In the first couple of days after the earthquake, three children died because of being homeless despite the freezing cold and lack attention from the government.
The recent massive earthquake in western Iran widowed many women and destroyed the life assets of many more.
The state-run media Salamat reported on Nov. 19 that some 100 women have lost their husbands in the earthquake and have became single mothers to head their households. The figure is of course conservative estimate based on the death toll of 520 as declared by the official media in Iran. The actual figures, however, are much higher. A Majlis deputy told the parliament that at least 1,000 people had died in the earthquake, while local residents say thousands have been killed.