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Magnitude 5.9 quake shakes northwest Iran, leaving at least six dead

Earthquake devastation in the city of Mianeh, East Azerbaijan Province, northwest Iran – November 8, 2019
Earthquake devastation in the city of Mianeh, East Azerbaijan Province, northwest Iran – November 8, 2019

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, November 8, 2019—A magnitude 5.9 earthquake at 2:17 am local time Friday morning, November 8, shook the provinces of East Azerbaijan, Ardabil, Gilan, Zanjan and West Azerbaijan in Iran’s north and northwest areas. Many people fled their homes in horror and initial reports indicate at least six dead and over 350 injured.

The quake epicenter is reported to be in the town of Tark, East Azerbaijan Province, located around 400 kilometers northwest the Iran’s capital, Tehran.

 

 

In the city of Sarab of East Azerbaijan Province, people terrified of more quakes and aftershocks slept in the streets or their vehicles. Winter is approaching fast in these areas of Iran and the nights are very cold. The city of Turkman Chay in East Azerbaijan Province experienced 42 aftershocks until around 7 am local time. More than 40 aftershocks were also reported in the rural areas of Alborz Mountains.

At 9:30 pm local time on Thursday, November 7, a magnitude 4.2 earthquake was also reported in Hormozgan Province, southern Iran.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), expressed her condolences to the victims of the earthquake and called on Iranians to help the residents of the disaster-struck regions.

 

 

Aftermath of earthquake in East Azerbaijan Province, northwest Iran

Earthquake devastation in the city of Mianeh, East Azerbaijan Province2

Aftermath of earthquake in East Azerbaijan Province, northwest Iran – November 8, 2019

Aftermath of earthquake in East Azerbaijan Province, northwest Iran – November 8, 2019

 

College students leaving their dormitory in Tabriz University, northwest Iran, following the Friday morning quake – November 8, 2019

College students leaving their dormitory in Tabriz University, northwest Iran, following the Friday morning quake – November 8, 2019

 

A magnitude 7 earthquake striking Kermanshah and other parts of western Iran in 2017 killed more than 600 people and injured more than 9,000. According to reports and videos published in social media networks, the financial damage caused by the earthquake was considerable.

After two years, many of the people of the region are still living in makeshift homes, which means there’s no or very little sign of relief efforts and government projects to restore housing, health and livelihood conditions to their previous state.

Farhad Tajari, a member of the Iranian regime’s parliament, acknowledged last year that the people of Gilan-e Gharb in Kermanshah Province continued to be deprived of proper shelter. “They will have to sleep in tents and cars in very harsh conditions,” the MP said. Tajari also warned that with earthquakes regularly happening in the area and the government not taking proper measures, there was a real threat that the people will start deserting the region and migrating to other locations where they feel safer. Locals in northwest Iran may also be facing such a destiny these days.

Considering the track record of Hassan Rouhani’s government, there’s no serious prospect of help coming to the victims of the recent earthquake.

On the first anniversary of the Kermanshah earthquake, the Ruydad 24 website wrote, “This was an earthquake that was so powerful that its tremors reached as far as Iraq and Turkey and it destroyed many homes in Kermanshah. There is a large number of people who are still living in trailers and tents. The living conditions of home renters in the region is still uncertain. The home owners don’t know what to do with the current situation. Pollution in the temporary residential area of the earthquake victims (which has effectively become their permanent homes) has become a source of diseases in the region. There’s news of suicides in the region and now, on the anniversary of the earthquake, we’re at the doorsteps of the cold season, and all the calamities of last year will repeat themselves.”

While the Iranian regime may claim to “rush” aid to the recent earthquake hit areas, history shows locals in these regions will be suffering for months and even years.

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