Seven months on, Iran earthquake survivors living without shelter

Some 40 families living in the earthquake stricken town of Sarpol-e Zahab, west of Iran, were forced to evacuate the camps after the local governor order their water and electricity be cut off.

Women and children have thus been rendered homeless. Wednesday, May 30, 2018, on the orders of the Governor of Sarpol-e Zahab, one of the hardest hit regions by the November earthquake, the water and power of the units belonging to 40 families residing in Shahed Camps 2 and 3 were cut off and they were forced to evacuate the camps in the month of Ramadan. The families are presently homeless, wandering in the streets.

Thousands of residents of Sarpol-e Zahab are still homeless, seven months after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck western provinces in November 2017.

Over 600 were killed and thousands were injured. At least 10 cities and 1,930 villages were damaged. Thousands of houses and apartments were leveled to the ground.
The images of the already poor provinces have entirely changed with the buildings destroyed.
The Iranian regime is refusing to allocate the budget the survivors need and deserve.
Every 3 or 4 families have been handed a container, 3*4 square meters. So, thousands of people in remote villages lack permanent shelters despite government promises that their demolished houses would be rebuilt.
Ghassem Jassemi, MP, questioned the validity of government reports on the number of installed containers, adding, “Only 10% of the residents’ needed containers have been installed. Some of the survivors do not even have tents.”
The situation is getting worse in the affected areas with the heat of summer fast approaching.
The families are not able to build their houses without any government aid or support. Still, if anyone intends to receive a home loan of 3 to 5 million tomans, they must give their containers to the government.

Comments are closed.