November 26, 2018

Statement on Earthquake in Western Iran

The National Iranian American Council expresses its deepest condolences to all those impacted by the earthquake that struck Western Iran on Sunday evening. Among the towns affected by the natural disaster are Sar Pol-e Zahab, Gilan-e Gharb, and Gasr-e Shireen in Kermanshah province. Tragically, this is the same area where an earthquake last year killed hundreds and injured thousands.

Thankfully, no deaths have been yet reported from Sunday’s earthquake, though over 700 have been injured. Our hearts are with all the victims and their bereaved loved ones.

Last year, we developed a FAQ for those wishing to assist in earthquake recovery efforts and advocated for broader exemptions to better facilitate the ability of Americans to contribute to humanitarian relief efforts. While sanctions present significant restrictions in terms of sending aid to Iran, U.S. citizens wishing to support relief efforts can do so through several avenues.

NIAC will track recovery efforts and examine whether additional steps will be needed to ensure Americans can safely and effectively contribute to relief efforts.

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