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Re: Halabja Earthquake: link to reqular updates

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:26 pm

Going through the rubble in Kermanshah in search of loved ones

People are still searching for their loved ones among the rubble of last week's earthquake, which according to official figures, killed 436 in Kermanshah province and tens of thousands lost their homes.

The Novemner 12, which also violently shook parts of the Kurdistan Region especially the towns of Halabja and Darbandikhan was measured in magnitude 7.3 on the Richter scale.

According to statements by Iran’s minister of interior Abdulraza Rahmani Fazli, 1,900 villages and 7 cities in the province of Kermanshah were affected by the powerful quake.


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Due to severe aftershocks many buildings are still unsafe to enter
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:22 am

Aftermath of quake: great danger on tunnels, roads in Darbandikhan

A powerful quake which hit the town of Darbandikhan in the Kurdistan Region last week is threatening traffic in the mountainous area as a giant rock on Wednesday fell from the Baranan Mountain forcing the closure of its tunnel which connects Sulaimani and Garmian areas.

“The natural disaster that happened in the past few days left a big danger on the Baranan Mountain and Darbandikhan tunnels,” Major Rezhan Burhan, director of Darbandikhan traffic, told Rudaw. “It’s been several days since we expected rocks and rubble to fall on the main road between Darbandikhan and Harmawa.”

The fall of large rocks from mountains to the streets also came when a major rainfall swept across the already quake-hit region last night.

“We have now closed the Darbandikhan tunnel in order to clean the street [from the rubble and rocks]. It’s now been announced that heavy rain will fall during these days,” Burhan added.

He informed drivers to not use the road until weather conditions improve.

Last week’s tremor which shook the town killed five people, damaged and destroyed more than 120 houses and buildings in the town. This is in addition to the damage caused to the dam located in the town.

The head of Iraq Red Crescent told Rudaw English on Sunday that 10 people were killed, and more than 500 inured in the Kurdistan Region as the result of the earthquake.

Darbandikhan is a town 65 kilometers south of the city of Sulaimani. It is surrounded by mountains.

Sirwan River from the east and Dewana River from the west flow into the town. The dam is built on Sirwan River. It is also home to two tunnels – one is on the way between the town and Sulaimani, the other one is under the dam.

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Re: Halabja Earthquake: link to reqular updates

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:32 am

Yet more aftershocks - could cause more damage to weakened building and even rock slides

    Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 09:56 - 3.6

    Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 07:46 - 4.1

    Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 03:43 - 3.5
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Re: Halabja Earthquake: link to reqular updates

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:06 pm

I am not sure how safe the buildings are or if it is wise to use them

    Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 16:42 - 4.2

    Halabjah, Iraq Nov 22 16:42 - 4.2

    Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 19:12 - 3.7

    Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 19:47 - 4.3

    Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 20:34 - 4.3
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Re: Halabja Earthquake: link to reqular updates

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:52 am

I decided to use 2 separate sites in order to find out more about what is happening in the region

As you will see, the news is not good, the aftershocks should not still be that strong or that frequent

2017-11-23 00:28:08.7 32.87 4.0 IRAN-IRAQ BORDER REGION

2017-11-23 22:30:50.5 33.77 4.4 WESTERN IRAN


Western Iran Nov 23 08:47 3.5

Western Iran Nov 23 22:30 4.4
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:45 am

Kurdish mountains turn white by first snow of year

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HAJI OMARAN, Kurdistan Region – People along the mountainous borders between Turkey, Iran and Kurdistan woke up Friday morning to the year's first snows that have shrouded their homes, gardens and roads in a blanket of white.

On the Kurdistan Region side of the border the snow fell in the provinces of Duhok and Erbil.

"It is a great day for us, because it is a mountainous area. We like cold weather," a young man said in Haji Omaran, a town on the Iranian border. He complained though that they had problem buying Kerosene for heating which may push them to cut trees for firewood.

In Turkey's city of Van, southeast of the country, 20cm of snow was reported, blocking most roads to traffic and pedestrians.

In Iran, the snow covered parts of the provinces of West Azerbaijan such as Urmia, and Marivan in Sanandaj province on the border with the Kurdistan Region.

The snow started to fall at about 5:00 in the morning on Friday.

It is the first snow of the year but certainly not the last. The mountains of Kurdistan receive snowfall throughout winter and though some of it starts to melt in spring, most stay on the mountaintops through the summer.

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Re: Kurdish Earthquakes: reqular updates - now snow in Kurdi

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:54 am

Scared and cold, quake survivors in Iran struggle in makeshift camps

SARPOL-E ZAHAB, Iran – More than a week since the fatal 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit the hard-to-reach mountainous areas of Kermanshah province in Iran, tens of thousands of Kurds cannot return home for fear of aftershocks, despite dire conditions at makeshift camps.

Layla Jawhar remembers running for her life the night the quake killed hundreds of people and forced tens of thousands from their homes.

She and her family survived when her husband took her and their baby daughter out of the house, an experience that left her in a state of shock for three days. Her fear now is whether her small family will survive the cold.

"People have lost their houses. They have nothing left. I was sleeping last night, feeling like I was going to freeze. We have no lamps, cooking utensils, or electricity," she said, speaking inside a small tent.

The camps have little or no basic services.

"We need hygiene and toilets because our place lacks sanitation. The place is polluted and because of that all of our children are sick. We just need sanitation and heaters. It is winter time and as you know it is going to rain," another displaced woman from Sarol-e Zahab told Rudaw. The town was the worst-hit by the quake.

"We need a place that can shelter us from the rain and cold, a place where our children will no longer feel fearful."

With many rumours floating about and no immediate reconstruction plans evident, it will take some time before these people can feel over the shock.

"As you can see, the village has been totally destroyed," Mehrdad Latifi, a young man said, standing next to rubble that was once his home.

Nobody died in his village, but about 15 villagers were injured, he said. But their homes are inhabitable.

"Some houses may still have their pillars standing, but that is only the pillars. Nobody can live in such houses. Experts from cities of Isfahan, Tehran have visited here and cautioned us against going back to such places, because there is a tremor every second," Latifi explained.

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Re: Kurdish Earthquakes: reqular updates - now snow in Kurdi

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:39 pm

Kurdistan earthquake: Politics create roadblocks to relief

Iran and Iraq are still struggling with the aftermath of a 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck along their shared border on Nov. 12. The recovery effort has been slowed by politics, distrust and the legacy of war.

The quake – the deadliest in the world this year – killed more than 500, injured some 7,000 and left 70,000 people in both countries in need of shelter.

The earthquake-affected region is dominated by the Kurds, the largest nation in the world without a state. Around 35 million Kurds inhabit a mountainous zone straddling Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Armenia.

The Kurdish population hit hardest by the recent quake is well-acquainted with tragedy. The epicenter was 20 miles southwest of Halabja, a city in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, and about 18 miles from the city of Sarpol-e Zahab, across the border in Iranian Kurdistan, my homeland.

Both places suffered severely during the Iran-Iraq war, which killed an estimated 1.25 million people between 1980 and 1988. Halabja is sometimes known as “Kurdistan’s Hiroshima” because Saddam Hussein’s government attacked it with poison gas in the closing days of the war, killing more than 5,000.

Sarpol-e Zahab was completely destroyed in the early days of the Iran-Iraq war, then rebuilt, and again destroyed in the Nov. 12 earthquake.

Politicized disaster

The complex politics around the Kurdish people are my academic specialty as a professor at Indiana University.

The Kurdish minority in Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey has long been repressed by those national governments, and tensions have been particularly high in Iraq following a Sept. 25 referendum for Kurdish independence in which 93 percent of voters favored separating from Iraq.

The political tension led earthquake victims to fears that governmental relief might be slow or insufficient. In Iraq, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tweeted that he had sent health and aid agencies to Kurdistan – even though just before the earthquake he had sent troops to reassert control over the contested region, occupying the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

I have instructed Civil Defence teams and health and aid agencies to do all that they can to provide assistance to our citizens affected by yesterday’s earthquake. We will do everything possible to help them. Wishing safety and security for all our people
— Haider Al-Abadi (@HaiderAlAbadi) November 13, 2017


Kurdish areas of Turkey and Syria were unaffected by the quake.

Like Iraq, Turkey views Kurdish rebels as a threat to national security. Just 12 hours before the earthquake hit, in the morning of Nov. 12,Turkish fighter jets had bombed the earthquake-affected region in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan, during an ongoing offensive against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. Still, some 15 hours later, Turkish military cargo planes were the first to deliver relief supplies to quake-hit Iraqi Kurdistan.

Like Iraq and Turkey, Syria also views the Kurds as a threat to its national security. For decades, the Kurdish minority in Syria was deprived of basic human rights such as citizenship and teaching their children the Kurdish language. After the emergence of the Islamic State following the Arab Spring, Syrian Kurds were of the most effective forces in the war to defeat the insurgent terrorist group. Expressions of solidarity, as well as aid, have been sent from Syrian and Turkish Kurds to the earthquake- affected region in Iraq and Iran.

Kurdish town hit by quake refuses aid from Iran-backed militia Kurdish town hit by quake refuses aid from Iran-backed militia

A struggling relief effort in Iran

Iran’s response to the crisis along its Kurdish-dominated western border – where the earthquake was most severe and at least 500 people died – on the other hand, seems to be tinged with politics.

Though Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei delivered a message of condolence, ordered first responders to hasten to help those trapped under the rubble and declared a national day of mourning, the relief effort has been plagued with problems, even two weeks after the quake.

Some issues are logistical. The affected Kurdish areas are mostly remote and mountainous, making victims difficult to reach. But a lack of coordination between the Iranian Red Crescent and military forces has also slowed the rescue effort.

Even so, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has rejected offers of international assistance from the U.S., Israel and others. On Nov. 13, he tweeted, “We are grateful for global expressions of sympathy and offers of assistance. For now, we can manage with our own resources.”

Heartbreaking images from the earthquake damage and loss of life in Kermanshah (and in Iraq). We are grateful for global expressions of sympathy and offers of assistance. For now, we can manage with our own resources. Many thanks for all offers and we will keep you posted.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) November 14, 2017


Iran’s history of repressing its Kurdish population has sparked pointed criticism of the government’s earthquake response.

Many Kurds feel abandoned. “Why do they [the Iranian regime] send aid to Lebanon, Palestine, Syria but not us?” said one victim from Sarpol Zahab in a YouTube interview. “It must be because we are Kurds that the Iranian government is not helping us.” A Facebook page called “Kirmashan” has become the voice of quake-affected people in Iran, as well as a campaign criticizing the government for its lack of response.

Adding to the political complexity of the tragedy is the fact that many of the dead lived in the Mehr Housing, affordable units opened in 2007 by former Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. During a visit to earthquake-affected areas, President Hassan Rouhani acknowledged that government-built structures had collapsed while private constructions remained standing and vowed to “find the culprits.”

On Nov. 14, Iran’s national day of mourning for the earthquake, four national newspapers and several local newspapers published front-page headlines in the Kurdish language. This rare move of solidarity with the Kurds broke unwritten law in Iran, where minority languages are technically allowed but forbidden in practice.

Crowdfunded help

In the absence of effective government aid, individuals and nonprofit organizations are stepping in to help Iranian earthquake victims.

Several athletes – including the Kurdish Olympic weightlifter Kianoush Rostami – have put their gold, silver and bronze medals on auction to raise money for earthquake victims in Iran.

One Tehran University professor, Sadegh Zibakalam, used crowdfunding to raise more than US$300,000 less than 48 hours after the quake. Acknowledging a widespread lack of faith in government, he traveled to the area to supervise aid distribution himself.

Relief efforts in the United States have also run up against politics. Tohid Najafi, a Detroit-based medical professional, raise $200,000 in donations, largely from the Iranian-American community. But in sending the money to Iran he ran afoul of U.S. sanctions.

He is not the only one who’s struggled to get relief funds past the Kafkaesque processes of the U.S. Treasury Department and into Iran.

For long-suffering Kurds, as the age-old Kurdish adage goes: “The Kurds have no friends but the mountains.” While this devastating quake may have made the Kurds some new friends, at least for the time being, neither the central governments of the region, the U.S. nor even the unstable mountains of Iraq and Iran are among them.

Haidar Khezri is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS), Indiana University. This article was first published in The Conversation.

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Re: Kurdish Earthquakes: reqular updates - now snow in Kurdi

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:02 pm

Sadly, it is still NOT safe for victims of the Kurdish earthquake to move indoors - many of the remaining buildings have been weaken, due to the continuing aftershocks, their safety cannot be assured

    EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Dec 06 05:53 4.7

    EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Dec 06 07:57 4.7

    EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Dec 06 08:02 4.0

    EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Dec 07 04:54 3.6
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:47 am

Another fairly strong quake frightens local people

    EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Dec 08 01:55 4.6
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Re: Kurdish Earthquakes Updates: aftershocks, cold and snow

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:48 pm

Some extremely worrying new quakes

    USGS Halabjah, Iraq Dec 11 14:42 4.7 M 12 D

    EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Dec 11 14:42 4.9 M 47 D

    GEOFON Iran-iraq Border Region Dec 11 14:09 5.3 M 10 D

    USGS Halabjah, Iraq Dec 11 14:09 5.4 M 16 D
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Re: Kurdish Earthquakes Updates: NEW quakes same area

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:54 pm

Rudaw announces fundraiser for Darbandikhan quake relief

Rudaw Media Network has launched a campaign to help collect funds and aid for the November earthquake victims of the Kurdish town of Darbandikhan, where infrastructure and locals’ buildings were severely damaged.

The fundraising drive will kick off with an event in Darbandikhan attended by governmental officials and businessmen on Saturday from 9 to 11 p.m. The campaign is named ‘RudawiDarbandikhan’ which means "the Darbandikhan incident."

The aim is to raise enough funds and collect aid for the people affected by the powerful quake — many of whom remain displaced — to return and rebuild.

The official hashtag for the campaign is #RudawiDarbandikhan

The 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck near Halabja, Kurdistan Region, near the Iran-Iraq border on the evening of November 12 and could be felt throughout the Middle East.

Darbandikhan was the worst-hit area in the Kurdistan Region. The town is about 28 kilometers west of Halabja in Sulaimani Province.

Ten people were killed and more than 500 injured in the Kurdistan Region’s areas of Darbandikhan, Halabja, Kalar, and Khanaqin. In the Kurdistan Region, the earthquake affected some 640,000 people, according to the KRG.

Having already felt subsequent and frequent aftershocks, many people in Darbandikhan are braving winter in makeshift tent camps.

As the weather gets colder, a local, Gelas Ali, said they are desperately in need of heating oil and tents.

The town is in need of about 12,000 tents, but only 410 have been distributed.

The affected are pleading for help from the KRG, humanitarian organizations, and private donations.

The tremor has also left psychological influences on the people, especially those with disabilities as they say it was very hard for them to escape when the quake hit.

“Our psychological situation is very bad.” Paiman Anwar, who uses a wheelchair said. “I still cannot go inside my home and sleep.”

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has directed for funds be disbursed “to help the affected and rehabilitation of the infrastructure affected by the earthquake in the provinces of Sulaimani and Diyala.”

http://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/16122017

We are delighted that Rudaw has decided to help :ymapplause:

If you have read our earlier posts you will realise:

    A) How unsafe the remaining buildings are

    B) The large numbers of aftershocks which keep occuring

    C) How cold the area is becoming as winter sets in

    D) Most of the photos are FAKE

    E) Most of the people collecting are FRAUDS

    F) Most of the information is FAKE

    G) Most of the photos are FAKE

    H) The people desperately need ALL forms of help including:
1) Heating

2) Bedding

3) Food

4) Warm clothes

5) Clean water

6) Sanitation

7) Medical supplies
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:37 pm

Darbandikhan quake victims welcome Rudaw aid campaign

Rudaw Media Network launched a campaign on Saturday night to raise funds and aid for people of Darbandikhan affected by November 7.3 magnitude earthquake.

Ranj Sangawi, the presenter of weekly Rudaw TV program Lagal Ranj meaning "With Ranj," launched the campaign from Darbandikhan with the spokesperson of the KRG and thousands including locals in attendance of the live-broadcast event.

Since last night, a huge amount of material aid has been donated to the victims of the quake as well as an amount of $300,000.

Individuals wanting to contribute funds can visit any Rudaw office, with its headquarters in Erbil.

The hashtag to raise awareness on social media is

#RudawiDarbandikhan

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Re: Kurdish Earthquakes Updates: NEW quakes same area

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:52 pm

Earthquake victims in Kermanshah are left to their fate

Thousands of earthquake victims don’t even have tents in the approaching winter.

40 days have after the 12 November earthquake in the Kermanshah region of eastern Kurdistan (Iran), earthquake victims have received little aid from the Iranian central government. Thousands do not even have tents in the approaching winter.

According to official figures, about 600 people were killed in the earthquake but according to locals, the real number is much higher. Tens of thousands were injured and many victims didn’t get tents despite the harsh winter conditions in the region. As the number of tents provided is so small, often two or three families live in one tent. In particular, the children are affected by diseases. Many women gave birth to their children in the tents.

Nevertheless, the Iranian regime continues to try to confiscate the aid that comes from different cities and countries. Most of the foreign aid was confiscated by the Iranian military because of "security concerns". Only a very small part of aid reaches the earthquake victims.

Felahed Pîşe, a member of the Iranian parliament for the Kermanshah region, complains about the situation in parliament and stated that the government has still not sent any funds from the earthquake-aid budget to the region.

Pīşe said that the government uses every excuse to cut the budget that is for earthquake victims.
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Re: Kurdish Earthquakes Updates: NEW quakes same area

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:57 pm

Iran sets up tents for earthquake victims in mined terrain

People of Serpêl Zehaw who were heavily affected by the earthquake of 12 November in Rojhilat (Eastern) Kurdistan, have been settled in a mined terrain.

Eastern Kurdistan Human Rights Organization stated that people of Serpêl Zehaw town who were heavily affected by the earthquake of 12 November in Rojhilat (Eastern) Kurdistan, have been settled in a mined terrain. Tens for these earthquake victims have been set up in an area with mines planted during the Iran-Iraq war.

Despite the Iranian government arguing that mines in the area have been cleared, mines are exploding and harming civilians in the region almost every day. Children playing in this area are reportedly coming across anti-tank mines.

Iranian government setting up tents for earthquake victims in a mined terrain has caused reactions and people seek to move to another location to stay.

The 7.3 magnitude earthquake of 12 November night in Rojhilat Kurdistan claimed the lives of at least 600 people and left thousands of others injured, while most of the houses in Kirmanshan region were demolished.
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