Almost a year after the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that rocked Kermanshah, earthquake survivors still don’t have proper housing.
According to official numbers, the massive earthquake which struck close to the Iran Iraq border, killed more than 650 people, while 9,388 others were injured. Another 700,000 people were left without homes and lost all their belongings. The earthquake was so huge that it was also felt in
Now after almost a year after, the conditions have become very difficult for the homeless survivors due to the coming winter and severe rain.
Earthquake survivors in Kermanshah lack minimum needs such as water, hygiene and even education.
“The people don’t have money, shelter or sanitary facilities,” Mojtaba Jasemi, the head of the Sarpole Zahab City Council had said on September 14.
“They have not received the aid that they were promised. Some are willing to sell their kidneys to be able to build a home,” he added.
Most villages in Sarpol Zahab, a town in Kermanshah close to the Iraqi border, lack drinking water. Reports say that 80% of the town’s infrastructure was destroyed and only 20% of the people live in their own homes. Although, even those 20% prefer to live in makeshift homes due to fear of future quakes.
Iran News Wire talked to a resident of Tazeh Abad in Salas Babajani, the center of the 2017 earthquake, about the condition of residents in the area.
“The government has not helped the people. We built our home after the earthquake and it was destroyed again due to earthquakes,” said Mohammad who preferred not to be identified by his real name.
“Yesterday, one of the engineers from the Housing Foundation came for inspection and when we showed him our home and the crumbling walls, he said that we were not eligible for a loan. This is while we burrowed money to build our house so that we could get a loan.”
“The people were forced to build shelter with whatever they had at hand but due to a lack of facilities and building materials, the homes crumbled after rain or earthquakes. We have a lot of rain here due to the mountainous region which quickly turns into floods.”
“People are forced to live in makeshift homes, bungalows or tents. The price for a 10-meter bungalow is around 4 million tomans (around $950) which most people can’t afford,” the young man added.
30-year-old earthquake survivor, Mohammad, from Salas Babajani
“The people were forced to build shelter with whatever they had at hand but due to a lack of facilities and building materials, the homes crumbled after rain or earthquakes.”
“The government and the municipality promised six months ago that they would build a camp for the people but they have done nothing so far. There is no hospital here and they promised they would make a field hospital. They started operating the field hospital yesterday but it won’t even have one ultrasound machine.”
“The people have been forced to build a place we call Zenj which is made with mats and straw which used to be used for animals. But now people live in it because they are afraid of falling debris in case of an earthquake. But of course, water gets in very easily,” the 30-